Many of us over the age of thirty-five endured a high school typing class on a (gasp!) real typewriter. In between nerve-wracking speed tests and paper jams, we were taught to put two spaces after periods in order to make individual sentences easier to identify.
Today, the extra space is frowned upon in almost all situations, but those of us who survived an entire semester with one of those metal monsters may find it hard to break the two-space habit.
If that’s you (and it’s certainly me), here is a quick way to delete double spaces from a Microsoft Word document. Please note, the images shown are from Word 2013; however, the steps are the same for Word 2007 and Word 2010:
1. Select Replace in the toolbar.
2. Select the Replace tab in the Find and Replace pop-up tool.
3. Place your cursor in the Find what text box and press the space bar twice to add two spaces. (The text box will appear empty.)
4. Place your cursor in the Replace with text box and press the space bar once to add one space. (The text box will appear empty.)
5. Select the Replace All button to replace all of the double spaces with single spaces. You can also choose the Replace button to replace double spaces one at a time, or you can choose the Find Next button to locate the double spaces without actually replacing them.
And of course, hit Save after every major change!
If you’re a typewriter survivor also, I’d love to hear about any other antiquated habits that haunt your modern-day typing, texting, or screen tapping.
Erin Wright is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in business and creative content.