Removal of redundant spaces


Grey Old Man

I am attempting a word macro to tidy up a large volume of text. I have a few
questions that I hope somebody can help me with.

The space bar has been used extensively to indent the text from the left!

I have used:

With Selection
.HomeKey Unit:=wdStory
With .Find
.Text = " [ ]@([! ])"
.Replacement.Text = " \1"
.MatchWildcards = True
.Wrap = wdFindStop
.Format = False
.Forward = True
.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
End With
End With

to remove multiple spaces but this leaves a single space before the first
capitalized letter.

………..Sentence starts here (multiple leading spaces)


..Sentence starts here (single leading space)

Any ideas on how to remove the offending single space?

Secondly, trailing spaces have been used in a table. What is the equivalent
to paragraph mark ^p or new line mark ^l when confined to a table?

Table text ………

Thanks in anticipation.



Graham Mayor

CTRL+A then CTRL+E then CTRL+L should remove all leading and trailing spaces
whether in the main document area or table cells. No need for a macro.

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Little trick for you, changing selected text from Left/Right/Justified to
Centred alignment, then back will remove superfluous spacing and tabs from
the beginning and end of the text paragraph.
This helps especially in table cells where there is not search facility for
End of Cell marker (this has been asked here many times before without ajor
Hopefully you can use this little trick in your macro.

See also for a previously
created "macro" that you can have a look at.

Hope this helps

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