Remove Carriage Return (paragraph marks) At The End Of Each Line

If you’ve ever copied text or pasted a file into Microsoft Word but it retained the line breaks in which each line ends with a paragraph mark then, like me you wasted time manually removing the carriage returns. With a quick Google search I found this article quite helpful.

  1. On the Edit Menu, choose Replace
  2. In the Find box, enter:
(!^13])(^13)([!^13])
  • In the Replace With box, enter:
\1 \3
    • Click the More… button and check “Use Wildcards”
    • Click Replace All and click OK when Word tells you it has done the replacement.
    • This will remove any paragraph marks that are at the end of a line but within a paragraph.

3. Now in the Find what box, enter:

^13{2,}
  • In the Replace With box, enter:
^p

Click Replace All and click OK when Word tells you it has done the replacement.

This will remove multiple consecutive paragraph marks, so that each paragraph ends with just one paragraph mark, as it should. Hope this helps!

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