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Tim---Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:
I have a problem with a old book text file.  There are 3 or more lines
between paragraphs.  I want to reduce them down to only one.

When I turned the option to view non-printed characters, I get the
"PI-ish" looking symbol - ΒΆ - that is at the end of every paragraph.
Each extra line has that symbol as its first character.  The character
listed in the last line of this text looks like the non-printing
character, but must be different from it, since it gives a "no match
found" error when using it.

It's just represented like that when showing non-printing characters; it's not actually inserted as that character (which is itself a printable character).

So, is there a way to use that end of paragraph symbol/character to look
for three in a row and replace it with only two?  Since some of the
paragraphs have more than 3 extra lines between paragraphs, I could run
that find/replace several times.  All I want to show is the symbol at
the end of the paragraph and the one between paragraphs.  Since there
are at least 300 pages to the book - in text format - it would not be
practicable to do this manually.

I haven't been able to easily find a way to search for consecutive paragraph breaks. However, you can find empty paragraphs by searching for "^$" (without the quotes), and ticking "Regular expressions" under "Other options". Leave "Replace With" blank and click "Replace All", and all the empty paragraphs will be removed.

I don't know if that helps, since it will remove all empty paragraphs, not just those where there are 3 or more together. Unfortunately searching for "$^$^" doesn't seem to work to find 2 consecutive empty paragraphs...

Why do you want to leave 2 consecutive paragraph breaks anyway? If it's to get the spacing, you should remove the extra blank paragraphs and add the spacing by setting the spacing above/below paragraph in the paragraph formatting (or even better, in a paragraph style which is applied to the appropriate paragraphs).

Actually, I am trying to fix a bad .epub book.  I found that if I
convert it to a text file and the convert it back to an e-book format,
most of the formatting issues go away when viewing it with my tablet's
.epub readers [Nook and Pocketbook].

Before going too far with the spacing above/below paragraph, you might want to check that it actually gets applied when converted into .epub format. I'd have thought it should, but you never know.

So has anyone tried to do something like this, removing blank
paragraphs, i.e. blank lines between paragraphs, as an automatic
find/replace option?


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