I am looking to insert a line break after two words for a large document on multiple paragraphs. I am using find/change to search for ^w which inserts a line break after one space, what would be the syntax to search for 2 spaces.

So I need the first two words of a paragraph with a forced line break inserted after those 2 words.

For example: Dan Brown (line break) Author, Fortress, Da Vinci Code etc.

Thanks in advance



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Use this Grep query, which can probably be improved and explained if needed. If you're reusing this multiple times, I suggest saving this query - see the floppy disk icon thing.

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  • That's fantastic thanks. The only thing is when I replace with suggested GREP it starts a new paragraph instead of just inserting a line break.
    – Kevin
    Oct 22, 2018 at 15:09
  • (Minor only:) while \w matches a word character, which apparently works for the OP, you could also use the not-a-space set \S. That way, you catch everything else that may pop up in a name as well -- think hyphens, apostrophes, the like.
    – Jongware
    Oct 22, 2018 at 18:04
  • (Minor #2 😊) You can lop off the spaces at the end by moving the final \s outside the closing parenthesis.
    – Jongware
    Oct 22, 2018 at 18:05

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