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Removing Entire Paragraphs from Your Document

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Removing Entire Paragraphs from Your Document.

The Replace function built into Word is extremely powerful. Because of this it is possible to do quite a bit of damage to your documents. But sometimes you want to do damage, right? For instance, you may want to remove all occurrences of a certain type of paragraph. In lesser word processors, this can be quite a chore. But Word makes it relatively painless and quick, provided you have formatted your document using styles. To remove paragraphs, follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point at the beginning of your document. (This is not necessary, but makes the replace operation quicker.)
  2. Press Ctrl+H. Word displays the Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
  3. If the More button is available, click on it. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The expanded Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.

  5. Delete anything in the Find What box. Click on the No Formatting button if it is available.
  6. Click on Format, then choose Styles. Word displays the Find Styles dialog box.
  7. Select the style of the paragraphs you want to remove from your document.
  8. Press Tab to advance to the Replace With box. Delete anything there, and click on the No Formatting button if it is available.
  9. Click on Replace All.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Removing Entire Paragraphs from Your Document.

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