Replace any text with Carriage Return/Paragraph Marks in 5 Easy Steps

When you need to replace text with paragraph marks (end of paragraph) / carriage returns,, LibreOffice and NeoOffice Writer all are able using the following 5 steps (click on the image to view a larger version):

Note: If you don’t know how to get to the find / replace button above, hit Ctrl-F (Windows) or CMD-F (Mac). Alternatively, you can go to the ‘Edit’ Menu, and select ‘Find and Replace’.

There is also this great extension for Writer which allows you to do the above, as well as many other powerful find and replace searches.

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  1. I think you’re making this harder than it really is… in LibO anyhow.
    Go to ALTERNATE find and replace. Click on the REGULAR button. You’ll see the \n code for manual line breaks. put that in your find and away you go.

    • Gramps – thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately in older versions of OOo it’s not as simple, and I’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible as some people don’t have the option of upgrading (for a bunch of reasons I’m not going in to here). Also, some have reported issues with \n not finding the breaks they wanted. Alternate Find and Replace is the extension that I am referring to at the bottom of the post, and it’s not installed in all OOo or early LO installations. But thanks for your feedback.

  2. Thanks for this it was helpful.

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