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auto (re)formatting in Word 2003

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by psych0naut, Nov 16, 2006.

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  1. psych0naut

    psych0naut Thread Starter

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    A friend emailed me a document that I'd like to print out and read. I suspect it may have originally been posted on a blog or zine in a narrow column, perhaps adjacent to a graphic. In any event, the result is that due to the "carriage returns" in the original document, the text takes up about 1/3 to 1/2 of the page width and therefore it will require many more pages to print it out than would be the case if it were formatted to fit the page, margin to margin. I tried using the auto-format feature to no avail.

    I've encountered this many times in the past and have meant to look for a solution that doesn't involve pressing the [DEL] and [ENTER] keys a few hundred times! There's gotta be a way to have Word reformat the document so that the text fits the page???

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    You can do it one paragraph at a time as follows:

    1. select the paragraph

    2. press CTRL+H (shortcut for Replace)

    3. in Find What, type ^p -- leave Replace With blank

    4. click Replace All

    5. click No if prompted re: searching the rest of the doc.

    Essentially this strips out to carriage returns.
     
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