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    First Line Indent

    I have an old Word manuscript that was created using the tab key for indents (.5" indent). I now want to change the indent to .25". Highlighting the text and making the change does move the indent to the left, but the text doesn't move. I can fix this manually, but hey, over 6,000 lines in the manuscript, and a lot of first lines. Does anyone know a better way to make the text conform to the new indents? I'm now using Word 2002. Thanks.

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    Thomas,

    May I ask how you fixed the indent? Did you set a tab or did you change the Paragraph First Line indent value or did you make an adjustment to the Style for the paragraphs most likely Normal?
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    Thanks for responding, Retired Geek. I highlighted the text, then went into Format/Paragraph and set my first line indent to 0.25". The highlighting changed to reflect the new indent, but the text retained the old 0.5" indent. I experimented with the indent on the ruler, but it had no effect. Well, it didn't move the text to the indent I wanted. This isn't a problem with more recent documents, where I used the Format/Paragraph/First line indent settings.

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    Hi Thomas,

    You could do the lot via a wildcard Find/Replace, where:
    Find = ^t([!^13]@^13)
    Replace = \1
    If you define a paragraph Style with a 0.25in first line indent before doing the Find/Replace, you could add that Style name to the Replace criteria.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

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    Thanks, Paul. That did the trick and saved me a huge amount of time. I've placed the instructions in a fire-proof vault.

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