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how to delete left column + content from a document? [closed]

asked 2014-10-21 15:11:02 +0100

zava gravatar image

I found my post history from a pen and paper roleplay forum from 12 years ago.

I now have all my posts in a writer document and I would like to delete the column on the left where my name is written throughout the whole document.

I tried for an hour now and was not able to solve it.

Thanks in advance.

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answered 2014-10-21 16:20:02 +0100

Pedro gravatar image

Assuming that when you mention your name is on a column that you are referring to a table with two columns, just click on any cell on the first column, then click on the menu Table, Delete, Columns.

The first column should be deleted and the second should expand to the page width.

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Every 12 rows there is a new header. And there are 41 pages. That means I'd have to do it 41 times.

Is there a way to write a macro which checks where there are two columns and if there are, deletes the left one?

zava gravatar imagezava ( 2014-10-21 17:45:53 +0100 )edit

answered 2014-10-21 18:10:10 +0100

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updated 2014-10-21 18:12:01 +0100

A newly displayed header isn't necessarily new. It may be a repeated header. In this case you can delete a column stretching over more than one pages as Pedro described.

If you have actually many tables of the same structure and headers that might simply be bad design. If there is no text between the tables (or only text that can be deleted - empty paragraphs included) you may merge the equally structured tables: If there are mergeable tables and the cursor is positioned in the first row of the second one there will be an item 'Merge Tables' in the same context menu we talked already about.

All the other cases: You will surely much faster delete the first columns from some dozen tables than I (or someone else) can write a macro for the task and explain to you how to apply itk.

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