Sorry Gerald I just have been swamped since asking the question. I should have tried to open the file in a program other than word, now that I think about it. I don't know what it was, and it doesn't really matter now. I deleted them all by hand so that the hyphenated words would be corrected (like it would be mat- [that character]ter and wouldn't go away. I changed the margins to see if it was just a line break but it wasn't. Like if it was just a line break it should continue to be a proper paragraph, and they weren't. But I think I fixed the book up pretty well. It was a textbook with very few actual errors. Just it had section breaks instead of page breaks (easily fixable) and it had those weird things that acted like a hard return. Hopefully it is a textbook someone can use. Night y'all Jamie in Michigan Books gone wild.... http://www.bookcrossing.com/referral/jamieyates To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.