MS Word docx Removing blank lines

Hello,
This question is very urgent.  I would be very appreciative if you could help me by the beginning of my next work day (Denver CO, MDT).
Here's the situation; the document attached has paragraph symbols inserted.  I tried replacing them, but I need the resulting text to be "presentable."  What could I replace it with?
Please see attached file and screenshot;
Standard file showing paragraph symbolsStandard.docx
chimaAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Go to Word options and turn Paragraph marks OFF. They are for editing and do not print so should not affect the printed result.

Paragraph and other editing marks are under Display options.
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BillBondoCommented:
Un"check" the Paragraph symbol in the ribbon.
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chimaAuthor Commented:
John, tired that.  When it prints the line spacing is still there.  Maybe I need to change the way that the printer decodes these markings.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Look at your Default Style, modify the Style and change the line spacing to ONE. Word defaults to double spacing in the Default Style. I change mine to single space.
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chimaAuthor Commented:
John, I know what you are talking about, but I can't remember where to find it?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In the main ribbon tab of Word (2013, 2010 or even 2007), you see the Style icons. Look just underneath at the word Styles and click the little "x" on the right side. This opens up the Styles list that you can edit. That should work but let us know.
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Found the File/Paragraph Spacing and set that to no spacing, but that did not help
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Oops, I said File, it is under Design.  I can't find the Style you speak of?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
First make sure the style you changed is default.

Now copy the text from the problem document into a new blank document. Paste without formatting (paste the text) to allow the default style to work in the new document.

The new document should look fine.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Click the Home ribbon, the Style "x" lower right. You should see a style list open up. Yes / No?

The Normal style is the one you wish to edit (modify) for single spacing.
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chimaAuthor Commented:
I'll have to read closely what you wrote, but I am looking here, is this correct?
stylesstyles
Can you attach a screenshot?
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Read your instructions and changed "Modify" to "no spaces"  made copy, pasted as text and still I get the spacing.  I did not print it...but I am sure the problem is still there.
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Going home for the night!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
First, your screen shot show the styles I as talking about, so you know where they are.

Second, try my suggestion of copying the text into a new blank document with the newly modified style and see if the new document fixes it.
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
Do you just want to remove surplus (empty) paragraphs?
In that case you can do a wildcard replace.
Find: ^13{1,}
Replace:^13
This will replace any number of consecutive paragraph marks with a single one.Replace.jpg
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chimaAuthor Commented:
John I am at home now.  I sent the file home, so I'll try it.  I'll get back to you.
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chimaAuthor Commented:
John this partially worked;
Find: ^13{1,}
Replace:^13
 
Then I had to do a;
Find: ^13{1,}
Replace:^|

Then I copied the dots, replace with nothing
Now I am left with the "return" mark
Please see attached file.  If several "search and replace" are required, then it will not be worth the effort.  If one could combine all of the replace marks, then this would be better.
Standard-r2.docx
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
You have replaced all the paragraph marks with newline characters.

If your original document has a mixture of newline and paragraph marks, I suggest that you convert to all paragraphs
Find: ^l
Replace: ^p

Then do a wildcard replace.
Find: ^13{1,}
Replace:^13
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Oops! it was not John, it was GrahamSkan, thank you Graham.
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
I took it as a compliment,
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Graham, Thank you for the help.  i'll issue the points shortly.  I have to go "fix" a normal file which has now been messed up.
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Graham and John, thanks  Graham I'll try your last suggestion.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@chima - You are very welcome.
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