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How to Find/Replace a carriage return in Google Docs

Posted on 2016-09-03
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I'm using Google voice typing to catalogue a some bookshelves of books, it's working well but I'm not able to command a new line reliably so my workaround is just to use a word that's easily picked up, like "banana" for example, and then find/replace that word when i'm finished.

This also has the advantage that a pause is not needed, so i can read titles faster, albeit sounding a bit bananas!

I could do this in Microsoft Word if I still had it. Is it possible in Google docs? Or google sheets, or another tool, preferably online, that i can easily copy paste the text to.

Thanks
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by:Jackie Man
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how to command a new line?

Just say the following words

 new paragraph
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THanks for that. I'm going to stick with banana for now as it's easier to say and never fails.
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OK

You can try the steps below.

Open the document.
Touch the Menu icon .
Touch Find and replace.
Type in the word you want to replace in the “Find” text box at the top.
Touch Enter .
Scroll through all instances of the word using the arrows at the top of the screen.
If you want to replace the word, type the replacement into the “Replace with” text box at the bottom.
Touch Replace to switch the words for one instance in the document. Touch All to replace all instances of the word in the text.
Touch back on the document to continue editing.

Source: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/62754?hl=en

In practice, it is better to use MS Word in a computer to do the job as I cannot think of any text to be replaced which can function as a carriage return.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/docs/GaOyvVFi1w4
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Jackie, thanks, the first part of your answer you explain how to do a find /replace in general, which is very straightforward.

You then mention that it's better to use MS Word, because you cannot think of a solution to the question, but this does not seem very practical to me.

However you finally include a link without any comment at all, that does in fact provide a reasonable workaround solution, even though you say you cannot think of one. Google sheets allows such an operation using the substitute function:

SUBSTITUTE(A1,"banana",char(10))

So a solution is to copy/paste text into Google sheets and then copy/paste the result back out again. Just a few seconds, and completely free:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1h1NuHt5-R15v-KHLIG52v1bjwVol8Ws7uk8mH6dXRDM
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