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How to remove hard returns from end of each line?

Explorer ,
Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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Hi All, I'm working on a project where my client has provided 21 pages of text as a PDF file, and I need to place it into InDesign.

 

When I attempt to copy and paste, there is a hard return at the end of each line. Can anyone please let me know what the shortcut is to remove these returns? I'm thinking it's a find/replace, but can't quite figure it out.

 

Thank you so much, any insight would be much appreciated!

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021
It's ^p in Find and Replace [Text] or \r in [GREP].

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Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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It's ^p in Find and Replace [Text] or \r in [GREP].

 

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Explorer ,
Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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Thank you so much! One more question though, if I'm doing Find and Replace and put ^p in the "Find" box, what should I put in the "Replace" box?

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Explorer ,
Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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Actually never mind, I just figured it out. 

Again, thank you so much, I really appreciate your help!

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Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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I was going to say you should replace it with a space, but thought it would be obvious. have fun!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 22, 2021 Jul 22, 2021

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Hi indie_24,

when in Acrobat Pro and your PDF is open, Acrobat is able to do "regular" line ends without hard returns.

At least it tries when in category Edit PDF:

 

CopyTextFromAcrobat-EditPDF-mode.png

 

Pasted to InDesign. But watch out for "hard" hyphens:

 

PasteTextToINDD-CopiedFromAcrobat-EditPDF-mode.png

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Jul 22, 2021 Jul 22, 2021

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Also check out Axrobat's export to Word, and place the Word file. Worth seeing which one gives you the least fixing up. 

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