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    Getting rid of that 'arrow' (2003 (SP3))

    I am in the process of reformatting a handbook that was forwarded to me. It was put together by someone who had no idea about how to tweak Word's formatting and it a mess. I can and will clean it up, but I am having a devil of a time with those "pesky" left facing arrows (the ones that start at center top, go down and then to the left before the arrow ending). These come, I know, from copied e-mail where the line was cut off and "paragraphed".

    I have tried highlighting and then doing the Control+Spacebar to remove all formatting. That was stellarly unsuccessful. As is trying to put them into a style (Heading 1, 2 3 or whatever). I can not even do a find and replace as, since I can not find them in any of my symbol libraries - and I have many) AND since they do NOT copy to the clipboard I can not add them to the Find box to replace them with ^p (paragraph designation).

    It seems that the only way I can do this is to show all formatting and go through it line by line by line and delete them individually. All 184 pages of line by line! This is driving me nuts! <img src=/S/nuts.gif border=0 alt=nuts width=15 height=15> . Can anyone help me? <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>

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    Re: Getting rid of that 'arrow' (2003 (SP3))

    The keystroke for the "down then left" arrow in the symbol font is "Alt+ 0191" . Is it possible to do a Find and Replace using the keystroke for this character?
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    Re: Getting rid of that 'arrow' (2003 (SP3))

    Hi Kathie:
    These are line breaks. You can do one of two things, depending upon what you want as a result. Normally, one wants them to be converted to spaces, with a double line break being converted to a paragraph mark.

    1. Press Ctrl+H to bring up the Find/Replace dialog box.
    2. Type <big><font color=red><code>^l</code></font color=red></big> in the Find box.
    3. Type <big><font color=red><code>%%%</code></font color=red></big> in the Replace box.
    4. Click <big><font color=red><code>More</code></font color=red></big> & check <big><font color=red><code>Use wildcards</code></font color=red></big>
    5. Click Replace All.
    6. Type <big><font color=red><code>%%%</code></font color=red></big> in the Find box.
    7. Type <big><font color=red><code>^p</code></font color=red></big> in the Replace box & click Replace All.

    All the line breaks will have been converted to spaces & the double line breaks will be converted to paragraph marks. If you just want to convert the line breaks to a paragraph marks, skip steps 3, 4, 5, & 6.
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    Re: Getting rid of that 'arrow' (2003 (SP3))

    Are they soft returns? You can search for those with ^l (that's a lowercase L) in the Find What box. Either replace them with spaces or with hard returns (^p) as needed.

    HTH

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    Re: Getting rid of that 'arrow' (2003 (SP3))

    Thanks so very much for the info. I will file this for next time. What I ended up doing is pasting the offending text into Notepad and then pasting that back. All the nasties are gone! Yippee. Learing about ^l is a good thing. (And the ascii code as well)

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Getting rid of that 'arrow' (2003 (SP3))

    Kathie - often line breaks are more appropriate than paragraph marks - they were probably there with good reason, but if your problem is solved then great. I get really annoyed when I see documents with paragraph marks when a line break is more appropriate.

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