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Old 05-19-2020, 07:41 AM
MrBill51 MrBill51 is offline Unindent Initial Chapter and Section Paragraphs in Novel Windows 10 Unindent Initial Chapter and Section Paragraphs in Novel Office 2010
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I am formatting a novel for publication. The standard format for a novel is for the first paragraph of each chapter and section to be unindented. All other paragraphs are indented. My novel-writing software can't distinguish a first paragraph from any other, so all my paragraphs are indented.



For the chapter breaks, I need a Word VBA macro that will find the word "CHAPTER" followed by a number, skip over the title below it ("Clement's Lament"), and unindent the first paragraph ("Until eight thirty..."), and then move to the next instance of "CHAPTER" followed by a number and do the same thing throughout the document. Example:



CHAPTER 1
Clement's Lament
Until eight thirty, when her unexpected visitor appeared...






Section breaks are designated by a pound sign. For the section breaks, the macro needs to find each instance where the symbol "#" is on its own line and unindent only the first paragraph below it and then do the same for each "#" throughout the document. Example:


#
"I was framed," thundered the leading Democratic contender for the presidency.




Thanks very much for your help.
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Old 05-19-2020, 09:02 AM
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Mr Bill,


This is a freebie, but this also isn't a code writing service and you should make some attempt before asking for the solution on a platter.

Code:
Sub ScratchMacro()
'A basic Word macro coded by Greg Maxey
Dim oRng As Range
  Set oRng = ActiveDocument.Range
  With oRng.Find
    .Text = "Chapter [0-9]@"
    .MatchWildcards = True
     While .Execute
      oRng.Move wdParagraph, 2
      oRng.Paragraphs(1).Style = "Normal" 'You should create some named style for your first paragraphs and replace "Normal" with it.
      oRng.Collapse wdCollapseEnd
    Wend
  End With
lbl_Exit:
  Exit Sub
End Sub
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:16 AM
MrBill51 MrBill51 is offline Unindent Initial Chapter and Section Paragraphs in Novel Windows 10 Unindent Initial Chapter and Section Paragraphs in Novel Office 2010
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Thanks for your suggestion. It didn't work, but I managed to tweak it and now it works great, without the need to create any styles. Here's the code:


Sub FixNovelFormat()

'Fix the first-line indentation of Scrivener Word output file

Set myRange = ActiveDocument.Content

'Remove indentation from third paragraph below the word "CHAPTER"
With myRange.Find
.Text = "CHAPTER"
While .Execute
myRange.Collapse Direction:=wdCollapseStart
myRange.Move Unit:=wdParagraph, Count:=3
myRange.ParagraphFormat.FirstLineIndent = InchesToPoints(0)
myRange.Collapse wdCollapseEnd
Wend
End With

'Remove indentation from the paragraph below the hashtag
Set myRange = ActiveDocument.Content

With myRange.Find
.Text = "#"
While .Execute
myRange.Collapse Direction:=wdCollapseStart
myRange.Move Unit:=wdParagraph, Count:=1
myRange.ParagraphFormat.FirstLineIndent = InchesToPoints(0)
myRange.Collapse wdCollapseEnd
Wend
End With
End Sub
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Bill,


The first didn't work because I used "Chapter" instead of "CHAPTER" the second didn't work because I didn't see it. Sorry.

What you have done now is create a document full of "direct formatted" paragraphs (one for each chapter and one for each section). Much of the power within Word is within Word styles. For example, you could have a title "CHAPTER" followed by as style "Title" followed by a style "Body Text" (that has no first line indent) followed by a style Body Text First Line Indent (that does).
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