MS WORD - How do I remove spaces?

Posted on 2014-08-09
Last Modified: 2014-08-10
I have an 8000 word document. I'm wondering if there's some "smart", elegant tool or trick - or whatever - that will survey the entire document and remove the extra spaces between words, but not mess with the tabs.

I think one way is to select a section and use find and replace... replace _ _  with _. But it seems, given all the amazing software available, that there might be something better.

This is a legal brief, by the way.
Question by:RaiderNationDelegate
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    Assisted Solution

    Find and replace is the quickest and smartest method.

    1. Launch the Find and Replace window (Ctrl-H)
    2. In the "Find what" field press the Space bar twice
    3. In the Replace "with field" press the Space bar once
    4. Click "Replace All"

    That's it! Word will replace any instances of two spaces and with one space.
    Remember you can always press Undo (Ctrl-Z).
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    Accepted Solution


    If the MacroShadow solution doesn't work, you'll probably need to post an copy of the document as well as a copy of how you need the document to look after the duplicate spaces are removed.  Word is a pretty sophisticated application.

    Be aware that if you have some triple space sequences, you will need to repeat the MacroShadow replace multiple times

    Author Closing Comment

    thank you! Aikmark, that makes sense....

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