Re: remove spaces from Word

Subject: Re: remove spaces from Word
From: sphilip <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:09:48 +0700

I'm sure others will benefit from another excellent tip that Stuart shared off-list.

Thanks again, Stuart!


On 22 Mar 2013, at 10:46, Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au> wrote:

> No worries, Phil.
>
> One more really handy tip: In the Replace with box you can specify ^c to replace the found string with the clipboard contents. So you can copy almost anything to the clipboard, such as multiline formatted text or a skeleton table, and use Find/Replace insert it in the document wherever a certain other string is found.
>
> Cheers,
> Stuart
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "sphilip" <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
> To: "Stuart Burnfield" <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
> Sent: Friday, 22 March, 2013 11:07:30 AM GMT +08:00 Beijing / Chongqing / Hong Kong / Urumqi
> Subject: Re: remove spaces from Word
>
> Thanks Stuart, that's really helpful stuff!
>
>
> On 22 Mar 2013, at 08:01, Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au> wrote:
>
> Phil, just to round out Fred's great reply, you can find a complete list of the operators and tokens by clicking the Help button from the Find/Replace dialog. In Word 2010 the topic is titled 'Find and replace text and other data in your Word 2010 files'. Look for the tables under these subheadings:
> Search by using wildcards to find specific letters
> Use codes to find letters, formatting, fields, or special characters
> You should be able to find the equivalent of virtually all the operators you're used to in sed.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng said:
> > I do this more selectively, such as replace period plus two spaces
> > with period plus one space. And click through the document one change
> > at a time. The one-click replace all operation is more often than not
> > the path to more work than it saves.
>
> I prefer to be cautious too, but you can often do a first pass to handle to easy cases before reverting to Find Next - check - Replace. For example, to fix two spaces at the end of a sentence:
>
> Find what: . ([A-Z])
> Replace with: . \1
>
> In other words:
> - find a full stop followed by two spaces followed by any capital letter
> - replace it with a full stop followed by one space followed by the same capital letter
>
> Another common case is where there are two spaces between words in the middle of the sentence:
>
> Find what: ([a-z]) ([a-z])
> Replace with: \1 \2
>
> In other words:
> - find a lowercase letter followed by two spaces followed by another lowercase letter
> - replace it with the first letter in the found string followed by one space followed by the second letter in the found string
>
> Once you've dealt with these cases there may be only a handful of other double-space instances left. Easy to check and fix one at a time.
>
> Stuart
>
> Best
>
> Phil
> http://applehelpwriter.com
>
>

Best

Phil
http://applehelpwriter.com

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