New-line search & replace in OpenOffice.org Writer -- the lazy way
Apr 15, 2010, 16:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I’ve been editing the Philippine Star Trek
fans’ section of the New Worlds Alliance site for a few
months now, and the contributors have been submitting their
articles embedded in the email message. I actually prefer that to
an attached file, because I can read the article right away,
without having to open another application. When I’m ready to
edit, I ask GMail to create a Google document out of it.
"Trouble is, the resulting file has hard new-line characters
after every line, and a double new-line between paragraphs. I could
cursor to the end of each line, delete it, and type in a space, but
my inner sloth told me there had to be a better way.
"I remembered this when I read Optimise OpenOffice.org by Sukrit
Dhandania in Linux User & Developer. An anonymous user left a
comment claiming that he had opened 10 tickets regarding basic
new-line search-and-replace. i have opened 10 tickets with open
office so far since it was star office and it cannot do basic new
line search and replace. 10 times my ticket was closed in 10 years
telling me its not important feature that needs attention.
"Then I remembered OpenOffice.org Writer’s Regular
expressions option in the search dialog:"