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Old 10-04-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
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How To Correctly Format In Open Office ?

So I've been using open office for a while now to convert and take out boarders using a template I downloaded from this forum (which is great)
But I've been getting a lot of gaps in my books as pictured with some gray blocks when I paste them into open office.
So I guess there is an option to reformat the book and remove the gaps ?
Anybody point me in the right direction please
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
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Looks like they follow a fixed break/space patterning, so you can probably eliminate the vast majority simply with the replace command.
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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I've tried that, But how do I tell what to replace in the replace section as they are blank spaces ?
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:57 PM   #4
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Some look like paragraph markers; others look like tabs. In your position, I'd experiment and see which find+replace commands work best.
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Again I cannot use auto corrects replace feature because I can't tell it what to replace, If I drag the mouse over the gray and use the copy option it just shows as blank space when pasting into the replace box
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:37 AM   #6
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Again I cannot use auto corrects replace feature because I can't tell it what to replace, If I drag the mouse over the gray and use the copy option it just shows as blank space when pasting into the replace box
I think you'll find that if you open the document in Writer, then click on View, then on nonprinting characters (or just Ctrl+F10) you'll see the non printing characters and can select them.

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Old 10-05-2009, 08:58 AM   #7
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Ok thanks for that Alex but I still get nothing when I paste into auto corrects
Replace box ?
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:17 AM   #8
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Go to Find+replace on the edit menu. Click on "more options." Then experiment a bit.
Try clicking on "format" and edit the indents and spacing. Or click on "attributes" and search for "indent" or "page style".
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Ah, Open Office and the paragraph. OO has a quirk, inherited from UNIX. The newline character and the paragraph character are different. OO doesn't have a very flexible way of working with them in find and replace. MS Word is much better at this. I suggest trying something like doing a wild card find and replace on ^[space][space]$, where [space] is a spacebar character, with a blank line as the replacement. Then try Autocorrect or Autoformat again. YMMV.

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:46 PM   #10
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Thanks Patricia & Jack, Got something a lot better than I had
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Ah, Open Office and the paragraph. OO has a quirk, inherited from UNIX. The newline character and the paragraph character are different. OO doesn't have a very flexible way of working with them in find and replace. MS Word is much better at this. I suggest trying something like doing a wild card find and replace on ^[space][space]$, where [space] is a spacebar character, with a blank line as the replacement. Then try Autocorrect or Autoformat again. YMMV.

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Thanks, Jack, that's very useful. Can I ask if I may how you discovered ^[space][space]$ and if there is a list somewhere of similar expressions?

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It was never missing.

Having once learned various UNIX shells, scripts and regular expressions, they tend to stick with you. Sort of like mucus.

The reference in the above post is very good. Better than anything I have handy.

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Well I've done two ebooks fiddling with the ndents\spacing\format options but the last two I tired to do just won't play ball, Anyone want to explain how the "^[space][space]$" command is suppose to work as I can't seem to get it to do anything in OO using regular expressions, Is it suppose to remove spaces or something
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^ is the start of line & $ is the end of line, so '^[sp][sp]$' is just looking for lines consisting of two spaces only.
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