Pasted Text Won't Fill Page - Please Help

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  1. hugos


    Jul 21, 2016
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    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!
    hugos, Jul 21, 2016
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  2. hugos

    muckshifter I'm not weird, I'm a limited edition. Moderator

    Mar 5, 2002
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    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. :)

    muckshifter, Jul 21, 2016
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    Becky Webmistress Administrator

    Mar 25, 2003
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    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.
    Becky, Jul 21, 2016
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