Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Extra Spaces after AutoText Substitutions.

Extra Spaces after Inserting a Building Block

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 24, 2014)

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Dave is having a problem when he inserts a building block he created. He has defined a series of building blocks that he uses for some common terms. For instance, he has set up a building block so that gov is replaced with governor and another to replace ctte with committee. Dave uses these by simply typing the shortened version (gov or ctte) and pressing F3 to do the substitution.

When Dave wants to type plural versions of his words (governors or committees), he types the shortened version (gov or ctte), presses F3, and then types the letter s. A problem crops up when doing this, because sometimes there is an extra space added after the building block substitution, such that he ends up with "committee s" instead of "committees."

This problem can be rooted in how the building blocks were first defined. It is not unusual to select a word (or words) and then press Alt+F3 to define the building block. If you are not careful, you might select a trailing space with the word or words, and then this trailing space becomes part of the building block definition. This can happen if you double-click a word and then (if you want to select multiple words) drag the mouse; Word automatically selects any trailing spaces when selecting in this manner.

The solution is to position the insertion point before the word or words you want to select and then hold down the Shift key as you use the arrow keys to select exactly what you want, without the trailing space. You can then assign this to your building block and you should not run into the problem of extra spaces during the substitutions.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9571) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Extra Spaces after AutoText Substitutions.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is two more than 4?

2014-06-09 11:53:51

bill

Hi
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