when paragraph mark is not a paragraph mark


J

John Smith

I have a very old (almost 20 years) Mac Word file that I opened
using Word 2003 on a PC. I can see a lot of paragraph marks in the
file. However, when I copied and pasted the file to notepad, there
is only a single line. Everything is in that line. There is no
second line nor second paragraph.

How do I convert those "fake" paragraph marks to real paragraph
marks? The problem I'm having is if I do any formating to a
"paragraph" in Word, it affects the entire document, not just the
paragraph. My temporary solution is to manually insert paragraph
marks (by hitting return) before and after the paragraph I want to
format, effectively isolating that paragraph from the rest of the
document.

Is there a better way? Thanks.
 
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T

Tony Jollans

In theory this shouldn't happen!

However, you should be able to change them using Find and Replace. Finding
^013 and Replacing All with ^p should do the trick.
 
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A perfect solution thanks Tony!
I had a txt document that had about 500 paragraph symbols with appropriate line breaks showing when opened in Word, but which was all one line when opened in Notepad. For my purposes I needed the line breaks. A search and replace job was the obvious solution but the search would not locate the symbol when I searched for either the paragraph mark ^p or the paragraph character ^v. I am so glad I found your comment - a search for ^013 worked great.


In theory this shouldn't happen!

However, you should be able to change them using Find and Replace. Finding
^013 and Replacing All with ^p should do the trick.

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Enjoy,
Tony
 

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