[bksvol-discuss] Re: Tabs question

  • From: Melissa Smith <mdsmith25@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:40:44 -0500

If you tried replacing ^t with space and nothing changed, you definitely don't have tabs. I believe the ^w is the symbol for whitespace. I would try replacing that with space and see what you get. I'd make a backup just encase. Another thought, have you standardized font? If so, did you just do font and font size, or did you do anything with the character spacing? If you didn't do anything with the character spacing, I can send you directions for doing that, and that may clean things up.

Melissa Smith

On 7/1/2011 10:29 AM, Sue Stevens wrote:
Hi Mayrie,
I am wondering if I miscalled my problem. I mean, I can get the cursor one space to the right of the first portion of a line with this white space. But then, if I press right arrow, it goes to the first letter of the word right after the white space. And if I paste either of those to my clipboard, it selects either the whole first portion or the whole second portion, depending on where my cursor is. In other words, I can’t space within the white space areas, so is that tabs, or would it be white space? I know this is unclear. What should I see in the find what box if I truly select a tab? Does that make sense? (smile)
I tried the other thing with caret and t, and it didn’t change anything.
Thanks, Mayrie, and I hope I haven’t muddied the waters with this post. (smile)
Sue S.
*From:* Mayrie ReNae <mailto:mayrierenae@xxxxxxxxx>
*Sent:* Friday, July 01, 2011 8:54 AM
*To:* bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
*Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Re: Tabs question
HI Sue,
You could place your cursor on the first tab or white space that you'd like to remove, press shift plus right arrow to highlight it, open the find and replace dialogue by pressing control plus h and that highlighted tab will appear in the find box. In the replace box, type a space. Then hit enter on "replace all". If that doesn't work, you could try this. I think the thing to type into the find box to get rid of tabs and replace them with spaces is ^t, that's caret followed immediately by the letter t. In the replace box type a space. Then hit enter on replace all. I'm not sure I have remembered the write notation for a tab though. I should know this! I checked, that's the write character string to type in. My memory isn't slipping as badly as I thought it was, whew! Maybe one of those things will work. I hope so! Extra spaces do make proofreading a little frustrating, don't they?
Good luck!  Let us know what happens.
*From:* bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Sue Stevens
*Sent:* Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:52 PM
*To:* bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Re: Tabs question

Hi Valerie,
I’m not scanning, I am proofing. (smile) I don’t know how to replace tabs. I know replacing line breaks is a lot of trouble with a lot of steps.
I don’t know how to send you a page.  (smile)
Sue S.
*From:* Valerie Maples <mailto:vlmaples@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
*Sent:* Thursday, June 30, 2011 9:47 PM
*To:* bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
*Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Re: Tabs question
Hi, Sue!
It sounds possible that someone or something substituted a line break with a tab. I would be glad to look at a page and test for you to see if you can then do a global replace of tabs with spaces. Or you could try that and revert if it does not work.
Which scan engine are you using?
Good luck!


On Jun 30, 2011, at 8:58 PM, Sue Stevens wrote:

Hi All,
In the book I have started proofing there is a problem with tabs on some lines, not on all lines. There will be a portion of text, then a big space, then the rest of the line. If I backspace between the first and second parts of a line, the last word of the first portion is up against the first word of the second portion. Then if I space just one, it goes back the way it was. As I understand it, the tool takes out these spaces, but I would feel a lot better if I knew a way to remove them. They are not tables. It is a novel, and they just continue the story. Is there a way to correct this problem? Oh, and I have Word 2010. (smile)
Sue S.

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