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How to remove or delete line and paragraph breaks in LibreOffice Writer

19 de April de 2021

LibreOffice it is a suite or a set of office automation programs. With this package you have multiple options at your fingertips, such as automatically numbering the titles; as well as removing or eliminating line breaks with LibreOffice Writer easily and quickly.

This type of license is the result of the combination of a BSD license with some modifications, as well as a GNU (General Public License); Thanks to this fusion we can enjoy free office tools as useful as Microsoft Office, in this case they would be: Calc, Base, Draw, Math, Impress and Writer.

The Writer tool is the version of LibreOffice equivalent to Microsoft Word and has all its features in the same way; with her we can write all kinds of documents such as letters, reports, memorandum, thesis, books, etc. Also being able to place images, graphs, tables and even sounds.

The LibreOffice Writer website

What are line and paragraph breaks in LibreOffice Write?

Many times the texts do not look the same because they have different formats, or change some formats to others, or also if you copy documents from a web page or a PDF and then paste it to a different one, you run the risk that certain breaks in both lines and paragraphs appear in Write.

They are eliminated manually with the “Automatic Correction” function, which, we will explain later, and the option called “Non-printable characters”, Which is located on the toolbar; showing these faults only on the screen, but they do not appear in the new text on their own.

What are the non-printable characters in the Write processor?

The symbols that are shown are several, among them we have the page breaks, columns, tabs, areas or blank areas and others, and they are located in the toolbar represented as ¶; we also found:

  • Line break = ↲
  • Paragraph break = ¶
  • Tab position = →
  • Position of a blank space = ·

How to remove or delete line and paragraph breaks in LibreOffice Write?

The LibreOffice Writer program

It is done in several easy steps, then first is to select the content, either for example, from the internet or from other documents such as a PDF; to do this we make the combination of the keys Ctrl + E and then Ctrl + C to copy.

Next, we open LibreOffice Write and we paste it with Ctrl + V, now we check if paragraph breaks have appeared, for this we go to the toolbar, click on the symbol which is the same as “Non-printable characters” or “Ctrl + F10”.

Subsequently, we select the paragraph or text where the symbol of the jumps appears to eliminate them; then we click on “Edit” in the toolbar and when the new window is displayed, again click on “Search and replace”.

Now click on “Other options”. Then “Regular expressions”, and in that same window at the top where it says “Search”; you place the symbol that is equivalent to that regular expression, such as $; then a little further down click on “Replace all”.

A new window appears; click on “OK”, now you leave that “Find and Replace” window in the red X at the top. You will observe that paragraph breaks have already been removed.

For line breaks, they are identified with the following symbol ↲, the procedure to eliminate them is the same as for paragraph breaks, only, the regular expression that you are going to place at the top of the “Find and Replace” window, in “Find” is n, then you continue with the same steps until verifying that they were eliminated in the document.

Finally, it can be seen that although you can copy and paste a text to convert it into a different format, and the new document appears with these breaks in both line and paragraphs, you have the tool to LibreOffice Write that will solve it for you.

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