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Pasted text from online contains grey, vertical rectangles - What are they, and how do you remove them? [closed]

asked 2012-12-11 00:50:31 +0200

Jeff Kang gravatar image

updated 2020-10-13 22:16:20 +0200

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I copied and pasted text from a website, and the text contains grey, vertical rectangles. <a href=">

What are they, and how do you remove them? Can they be removed using regular expressions with the AltSearch (Alternative dialog find and replace)extension ?

Thanks for any information.

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answered 2012-12-11 01:08:31 +0200

m.a.riosv gravatar image

Maybe it is a Non-breaking space.
Try copy one and in Find & Replace, paste in Search and replace with nothing.

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Better: replace with a space — see also → Highlighted black spaces?.

manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2012-12-11 14:55:58 +0200 )edit

@manj_k one4you

m.a.riosv gravatar imagem.a.riosv ( 2012-12-11 23:50:47 +0200 )edit

If those are the non-breaking spaces, then the alternative solution is to disable the Field Shadings in "View" menu (or with Ctrl + F8). This is better IMO because it's done only once and preserves the non-breaking spaces which may actually be useful in the document.

aDAMOpl gravatar imageaDAMOpl ( 2017-11-22 21:55:16 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-12-11 01:14:31 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

If find&replace doesn't work, I would paste it into NotePad to get rid of all formating. However, I am not sure if this helps you beyond the text example you show.

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