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Find character and replace with a new line

asked 2019-06-03 12:11:19 +0200

sherab gravatar image

updated 2019-06-03 12:16:32 +0200

In a book document with many paragraphs. In each paragraph I need to find the character '.' and add after it a new line - not a new paragraph.

Here's how i go about it at the moment

find : \ .

Replace .\n

but this does not work because it creates new paragraph rather than a new line within the same paragraph


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Did you consider that full stops at the end of sentences often (if not always in the addressed case) are followed by spaces?
In addition periods not followed by a space may be used with a different meaning.

Hkjhhjk ljljl jl. Ijkjhjoj. Pikpoipoipoi 15.33 oiuoiuoiu. Jhgjhgjh.

The way I interpreted your question, you might want to get:

Hkjhhjk ljljl jl.
Pikpoipoipoi 15.33 oiuoiuoiu.

for it.

And: If you replace the single full stop with a line break you get a subsequent space shifted to the new line.

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2019-06-03 13:27:33 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-06-03 14:17:19 +0200

sherab gravatar image

Hi ll thanks for your answers

As it happens I did manage to find a solution.

find : \. replace : . ctrl+shift+U 000A

It seems to work.

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answered 2019-06-03 12:50:06 +0200

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updated 2019-06-03 12:50:55 +0200


there is an extension called AltSearch.oxt at, which allows for distinction of manual line break and new paragraph in Replace field - see screenshot:

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Please note: "\n" hast a different meaning than in LibreOffice's internal Find & Replace dialog

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Just did a short testing of AltSearch under LibO V6.3.0.0.alpha1.
It seems to still work with the next version.

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2019-06-03 13:29:41 +0200 )edit

See also:
Having a way to insert unicode characters (including so-called controll characters) in replace strings (\u000A e.g. for a hard line break) would resolve the issue.

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2019-06-03 13:45:43 +0200 )edit

Great I'll have a look thank you

sherab gravatar imagesherab ( 2019-06-03 14:18:47 +0200 )edit
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