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How to remove paragraph indentations less annoyingly

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I am trying to edit a document created with paragraph indentions that must all be removed and a line break inserted. Is there a way to do this in find/replace all? I'm going line by line to change them now.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,660 points)

    In Pages v4.3, the advanced Find/Replace syntax does not support Indent as a findable entity. Therefore, one cannot replace each Indent with the supported line-break in Replace.

     

    If you are already placing your mouse pointer at the beginning of each paragraph indent, then using Inspector > Text > Tabs to zero the Indent, as far as I know, that is as good as it gets in Pages, before inserting the line break.

     

    The Find/Replace facility within the free OpenOffice Writer can be told to find paragraph indents, and replace with line breaks. It can import MS Word .doc and .docx files.

     

    Update: I see you have solved your issue. The document that I was using for a test, was not using tab characters for paragraph indent. The indents were established from the Text Inspector, and therefore, no invisibles were present for find/replace.

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,715 points)

    VikingOSX wrote:

     

    In Pages v4.3, the advanced Find/Replace syntax does not support Indent as a findable entity. Therefore, one cannot replace each Indent with the supported line-break in Replace.

     

    Has it in earlier versions? I don't think so but haven't checked.

  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,660 points)
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    Dec 26, 2012 10:55 AM (in response to fruhulda)

    Just booted up a 10.6.8 system with Pages '09 v4.1.

     

    The Text Inspector > Tabs > Paragraph Indent settings appear calibrated in inch, not point measurements found in v4.3. I set the paragraph indent to 0.5 in and keyed in three paragraphs. No invisible characters preceed the indentation.

     

    If indentation is reset to zero, and one uses the Tab key as an alternate form of indentation, then the tab character appears when invisibles are enabled. Providing there are no other tab characters in the document, one can find and replace these paragraph associated tab characters.

     

    Certainly, not how I do indents.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,215 points)

    Just find paragraph return + tab and replace it with a paragraph return in these cases.

     

    Identify the pattern and use it in the Find and Replace. Or simply copy and paste what you want to find and what you want to replace it with in the Find Replace dialog.

     

    If Paragraph Style had been used for the pargraph indent, it would have been just a cse of changing or applying the wanted style.

     

    Peter

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)

    Years ago, I replaced line breaks (that is, I would "wash" online text that had imbedded line breaks that I wanted to be able to "wrap" again correctly) in Microsoft Word by:

     

    1.  Replace All: ^p with {

     

    2.  Replace All: {{ with {

     

    3.  Replace All: { with ^p

     

    I think a paragraph indent that is caused by a tab was ^t...

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,215 points)

    That has nothing to do with Pages.

     

    Peter

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)

    Consider it just an interesting anecdote...

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