Jun 19 2021 03:14 AM
Jun 19 2021 03:14 AM
Hello everyone. I am new to this forum and hope I have put this message in the right place.
I do a lot of repetitive work formatting dialogue scripts that I usually receive as a Word document, and I then have to reformat and cut and paste into standardised Excel document that gives each person’s dialogue a separate cell.
There are two main things that I need to do to clean up the initial document:
My current workflow consists of going line by line to first delete each timecode and then I deleted the spaces between words and commas and carriage return at full stops to block each sentence into a separate line. I then select the entire document and paste this into Excel.
I have tried the following in Word:
Find & Replace using * but this identifies all the numbers in the document and does not really work as there are other numbers that I need to keep.
I have used ^p to block the entire document into one chunk and then I go through it to create full sentences in blocks.
I then cut and paste this into Excel. Remove the timecode using Find & Replace ??:??:??;?? which works great but unfortunately does not work in Word. Then I remove all the empty lines (blanks) using edit/go to.
It is a very long-winded process, and I was wondering if there is anyone that could help me find a quicker way of doing all this. By the way, I working with the latest versions of Microsoft Office 365 on a mac.
Thanks, and looking forward to hearing back from someone.
Jun 21 2021 12:38 AM - edited Jun 21 2021 12:42 AM
this is quite a process.
I think you might benefit from recording the repetitive actions. Record the repetitive action as a macro, assign a key shortcut and run when you need it without the bother of always going through the set-up (delete spaces between words, commas with paragraph marks etc.)
On the concrete note:
- To delete the time stamp, use wildcards. Too long to explain, so I will refer you to an article that helped me a lot when I did something similar to you: Finding and replacing characters using wildcards (wordmvp.com). This is an article that describes how to use wildcard in Word: How to Use Wildcards When Searching in Word 2016 (howtogeek.com). In the time stamp you need to work with the semicolon too to make a difference between any number and the timestamps.
- To join truncated sentences, I found it best to do it in blocks, running a macro that replaces the extra paragraph marks. Finding ^p replacing nothing, or if it is a line break, finding ^l. You might be happy with your Replace all, though.
- If you truly want each sentence on a new line, this is easy: Find ". " (fullstop and a space), Replace ".^p" (full stop and a paragraph mark). To delete an empty line, also easy: Find "^p^p", Replace "^p". Finds two paragraph marks, replaces with one, ergo deleting the empty paragraph.
You seem to know what you are doing, you just need some finesse. I did a similar work to yours, and recording these steps helped me save a huge amount of mental energy. And time as well.
Hope this helps. Lenka
Jun 21 2021 01:44 AM
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Jun 23 2021 12:28 AM
Hello @rom915 ,
always glad to hear when a suggestion works, especially if we can learn something new alongside it. I was over the moon when I found that article myself!
Take care, be safe. L.