I know, it keeps you awake at night, too!
But, if that’s what floats your boat–and how to batch replace soft returns in multiple Word documents is on your mind–then fantastic.
Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way of doing this.
Caveat: there are some wonderfully fantastic people out there who are macro-geniuses. They’re far better than I am and, as such (and where possible) find them. They will make your life a whole lot easier.
I first published this as an answer to a Quora question in May 2018, but they deleted it (don’t know why):
So, reposting here for those purposes…
Here’s the video:
Note: all the files must be in the same folder.
The link to the original code is here.
The modified code I used is here:
Sub FindReplaceLineBreaks() Dim file Dim path As String ' this code taken from Running a macro on all files in a folder - Tips for Module Creation ' Path to your folder. MY folder is listed below. I bet yours is different. ' make SURE you include the terminating "\" 'YOU MUST EDIT THIS: path = "C:\Users\name\Test folder\" 'Change this file extension to the file you are opening. Russ edit: I changed this to .docx, as you can see. 'YOU MUST EDIT THIS. file = Dir(path & "*.docx") Do While file <> "" Documents.Open FileName:=path & file ' Russ edit: below is the code to find as soft return and replace it with a hard return 'This is the find and replace code - part 1 Selection.Find.ClearFormatting Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting 'Russ edit: this is the code that does the 'find soft return' (^l) and then replace it with a 'hard return' (^p) With Selection.Find .Text = "^l" .Replacement.Text = "^p" .Forward = True End With 'this line tells it to replace all instances that it finds. Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll ' Saves the file and then closes it ActiveDocument.Save ActiveDocument.Close ' this tells the file to loop to the next Directory file = Dir() Loop End Sub
If you have any problems, watch the video again. 😉
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