Solved Selecting all blank lines in Word 2011

Microsoft Excel for mac 2011 - macintosh
September 5, 2020 at 22:05:58
Specs: Mac OSX 10.11.6
Is there a way or a macro that can select (highlight) all the blank lines in a Word file? All the blank lines will have a RETURN. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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September 6, 2020 at 20:54:39
There is a probably a macro that can what you'd like, but unfortunately we don't see a lot of Word macro writers in this forum.

Perhaps trying a forum dedicated to MS Word would result in a solution.

Good luck!

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#1
September 6, 2020 at 00:52:49
Is the goal to remove all blank lines or just highlight them?

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#2
September 6, 2020 at 01:34:59
Just to highlight them before applying a style to them.

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#3
September 6, 2020 at 04:09:42
Sorry, unable to work out a way to highlight them.

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#4
September 6, 2020 at 06:33:13
I do not think it is possible, because, as far as I know, you can only apply Highlighting to a visible TEXT character and the space before and after.

MIKE

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#5
September 6, 2020 at 09:30:41
Is it possible to select them when the return symbol is visible at the end of each line since it is possible to do that manually?

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#6
September 6, 2020 at 11:44:44
The end of line characters are not text, so no Highlighting, but

A possible work around is to use Shading, it's under the Paragraph Tab
it's a bit tricky to use but you might get it to do what you want.

MIKE

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September 6, 2020 at 12:12:20
That's fine. I just thought it's worth a try. I guess I will have to do it the long (manual) way.
In case you're wondering what I'm trying to do here. I'm preparing songs with lyrics and guitar chords just above each line. After placing the lyrics of a song on every second line, I'd like to format the blank line above the lyric to a certain (different) style. That way I can add and/or modify the chords later without affecting the lyrics. So in order to do that, I would manually select (command + click) on every blank line within the whole document before applying the style to all the blank lines. Sometimes the song can be 2-3 pages long, meaning a lot of command-clicking between lines… I was trying to look for an easier way.
Anyway I do appreciate your help. Have a nice day, stay safe and healthy.

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September 6, 2020 at 12:40:52
MS Word doesn't necessarily behave like Open Office Writer,
but in OOW just now I highlighted lines that are completely
blank. No spaces or tabs or anything else, just Returns.
The whole line gets highlighted from margin to margin.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#9
September 6, 2020 at 14:08:17
If your doing music notation, there is freeware available that may be better suited,
here are a couple of examples:

https://www.nch.com.au/notation/ind...

https://musescore.org/en

Doing a search with something like "music notation" should bring up more.

MIKE

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#10
September 6, 2020 at 15:46:52
More notation programs here, all Free.
https://www.softpedia.com/dyn-searc...

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September 6, 2020 at 16:25:55
Thank you to all those that tried to help.

To Jeff Root: Thanks for your suggestion with Open Office Writer. It's not impossible in Word to select/highlight a blank line that only has "Return" and nothing else. It's just because I have to click on every second line (one line for chords and the other for lyrics) while holding down Command (in a Mac) in order to highlight all the blank lines before applying a custom style. I was hoping to find a quicker way or a macro that can do that with one click to save time. I guess I just have to do it the hard way .

To mmcconaghy & Johnw: I'm not looking for apps that can do music notation or such. I'm merely trying to prepare songs for a group of beginners that only need chords and lyrics for the songs they are learning without any music notation involved. I would prepare each song and save as a text file before they would enter them into "OnSong" (an app for iOS) on their iPads.

Anyway thanks again to everyone. Cheers!!!


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September 6, 2020 at 20:54:39
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There is a probably a macro that can what you'd like, but unfortunately we don't see a lot of Word macro writers in this forum.

Perhaps trying a forum dedicated to MS Word would result in a solution.

Good luck!

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September 6, 2020 at 22:39:00
Thanks for your suggestion. Take care!

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