Pasted Text Won't Fill Page - Please Help

Jul 21, 2016
Reaction score
Hello everyone

The following question was asked way back in 2004 but I can't find the answer, and I've got exactly the same problem today! I would be really grateful for help with this - I have copied and pasted a long article coming in at 288 pages and I want to reduce it to 144 pages!

Please help a humble, non-computerized soul out. I have pasted 161 pages of
text into word from an e-mail. I want to print it out, but each line only
goes halfway across the screen and then begins a new line.

The borders are maximized, and it should really be reduced to only 80 pages
in length, but I can't figure out how to make the pasted text fill the
document (side to side) without going through it, line by line, and deleting
the empty spaces (they seem to be the result of hitting enter).

I've done this before with short e-mails and usually I just go through, line
by line, and delete the spaces. But this time, it will take me hours and
hours to do that. There has to be a way to make the text fill the page...
please help!!!

Thank you!


I'm not weird, I'm a limited edition.
Mar 5, 2002
Reaction score
I suspect that the 'copy' is also coping the 'end of line markers' off the original line length ... past your 'copies' into a non-formating writing program like MS Notepad.

Notepad will strip out any and all format except, I believe, paragraph returns. I may be wrong on the last bit. Then copy-n-paste into Word, or whatever you're using.

You will, however, have to reformat the whole thing to match the original.

Now, after saying all that, you could, if using MS Word turn on the 'formatting controls' so you can see where & what format has been set, then, once again you will have to go through the whole document to check the format to the way you want it.

Either way, I think you's in for a long haul, good luck, hoped that helped.

Welcome to the forums. :)



Mar 25, 2003
Reaction score
Welcome to the forum! :)

Good suggestion from @muckshifter, that's definitely worth a try.

Have you tried clicking on the show/hide paragraph markers button? Kinda looks like a backwards P with the middle filled in. That should show what formatting is being problematic.

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question