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Automatically arrange words in vertical

by micro_xii / April 2, 2008 7:53 PM PDT


For ex:

abc (; 1233(; abcd (; 123(;abc (; 12332(;

Above example has many list, I just show you some part.

In openoffice how can i automatically arrange them like this:

abc (;
abcd (;
abc (;

Coz i have trouble performing this.

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Change a semicolon (;) in a paragraph mark.
by Kees Bakker / April 2, 2008 7:56 PM PDT

That's what I would do in MS Word. And that's what you want in OO Writer also? How do try it?


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by micro_xii / April 2, 2008 8:08 PM PDT

Thats why Im asking favor/help in this forum.....If you dont know...pls dont the answer this thread.


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Sorry, I was only asking ..
by Kees Bakker / April 2, 2008 8:23 PM PDT
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if I understood your problem right. I wasn't trying to answer your question yet.

I don't have access to Write right now, but if nobody with the right knowledge of OO Writer answers your question between now and tonight (that's around 1:00 PM forum time) I'll see what I can find for you in the program.


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by Kees Bakker / April 2, 2008 8:37 PM PDT
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In the mean time, I did a google search for you and I found

Although it's about the reverse proces (changing paragraph marks to a semicolon) I think it still works if you apply it to the replace-with box in stead of the search-for-box.

By the way, I always considered regular expressions as a tool for the hard-core programmer. But it seems the OO-people find them end-user tools. So be it. If you don't like it, buy a user-friendly program like MS Word.

If you can't get it working, there's an easy work-around using OO Calc.

1. Copy the string to a text-file.
2. Import it in Calc as a .csv-file with ";" as separator. It will become a row.
3. Transpose ( to make it a column.
4. Transfer to Writer again using one of these methods:
a. Copy/paste to Writer; it might become a table, that you need to convert to plain text again.
b. Save as .txt or .csv file and import
c. Copy/paste to Notepad and then to Writer to get rid of the table.

Hope this helps.


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