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How do I remove blank lines between paragraphs in Libre Office Writer?

asked 2018-03-22 18:50:54 +0200

sivart7 gravatar image

I have a large document that I'm trying to clean up, and there are a large number of blank lines between numbered paragraphs. This is an example of what it currently looks like:

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And I'm trying to make it look like this:

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I've been doing it manually, but it takes far too long.

Thank you in advance for your help :)

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gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2018-03-22 19:06:23 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-03-22 19:10:14 +0200

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updated 2018-03-22 19:11:05 +0200

First make sure that those blank lines do not come from empty paragraphs. Enable View>Formatting Marks to have clues about the real structure of your document. Erase those empty paragraphs.

Inter-paragraph spacing is a property of paragraph style. Identify which paragraph styles are in effect in those paragraphs: when the cursor is in the paragraph, the leftmost textbox in the toolbar displays the style name. Open this style to modify it. Spacing is defined in Indents & Spacing tab. Change above/belox spacing to your liking.

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When I first got the file, there was a lot of English text at the start of each paragraph such as, "Parallel Passages" that I didn't need, so I did a find-replace that deleted these, but unfortunately did not remove the blank space, as I didn't know how. I then tried to delete them manually, but there are thousands of them :/

sivart7 gravatar imagesivart7 ( 2018-03-23 22:30:54 +0200 )edit

I just figured it out, the find-replace using ^$ replaces them. Thank you for your reply, though :)

sivart7 gravatar imagesivart7 ( 2018-03-23 22:39:11 +0200 )edit

^$ works! Thanks

roberto.marzocchi gravatar imageroberto.marzocchi ( 2018-08-20 14:28:11 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-10-11 21:13:39 +0200

Gregory gravatar image

Thanks. The paragraph answer showed the spaces and yeah ^$ works but remember to use it with the Regular Expressions checked in "Find & Replace." Thanks guys!

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