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How to add a second space

New Here ,
Apr 01, 2024 Apr 01, 2024

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I need to add a second space after an end of sentence period. 

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Apr 01, 2024 Apr 01, 2024

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I forgot some important information. This is needed in many places in a large document. Most have two spaces already, but I don't want to have to go through 280 pages looking for the single space. 

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Apr 02, 2024 Apr 02, 2024

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After EVERY sentence?

 

Can you show a screenshot?

Turn on SHOW HIDDEN CHARACTERS and show all edges and Preview Mode NORMAL.

 

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Apr 02, 2024 Apr 02, 2024

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The easy answer is that you shouldn't do it. It's a habit from old typewriter days, and used in the US mainly. All typography books tell you not to do it.

 

But if you must, you'll have a hard time automating it. You'll have to work out whether a period is an end-of-sentence period or one after an initial, an abbreviation, or any other period that should not have two spaces after it.. Some algorithm may exist, you can try finding one on the web.

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Apr 02, 2024 Apr 02, 2024

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I strongly recommend never to do it as it is a bad typographical error.  But to insert it, you can use find / replce, with GREP you can find exceptions. 

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You might be working for the legal industry? Lawyers, oddly, have adopted an insistence on 2 spaces after a period (stop). I have never found out why they took this position, though.

Mike Witherell

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