How Do I Remove All End-of-Line Characters in Word Documents?


In a Word document, use the Find and Replace feature to locate and remove all the end-of-line characters, which are hard returns. With this feature you can quickly format a document to contain no paragraph breaks or locate only extraneous hard returns and delete those rather than searching the document manually.

Character Removal

  • In the Editing section of the Home tab, click “Replace” to open the Find and Replace dialog window. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut "Control-H" to open the window. In the Find What text box, type “^p” without the quotation marks; "^p" is the symbol for a new paragraph. Type a single space in the “Replace With” box and click “Replace All.”

Additional Replace Features

  • To remove hard returns in only a portion of your document, such as within only certain pages, highlight that portion and then use the Find and Replace feature to remove hard returns only there. You can also search for "^p^p" with Find and Replace or with the basic Find feature to locate only superfluous hard returns.

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