Two spaces are for typewriters. If we are not using typewriters then two spaces are outdated and obsolete. We are educators, should we be teaching kids outdated and obsolete practices just because we still do them? I’m 41, I owned a typewriter and learned to put 2 spaces after the period. I unlearned it. It was surprisingly easier than I thought. Even if it’s super hard, should we not always be challenging ourselves in order to be on the cutting edge of what our student’s need?
Find and Replace
While I no longer accidentally put 2 spaces after the period I certainly had a period of time where I had an extra space somewhere in my writing. Let’s call it unfun to find those. Actually, wait… it is super fun! Keyboard shortcuts to the rescue!
Control F (Command F on a Mac) is find. You can find all the double spaces in your document. Try Control F to find all the space space in your document.
I know what you’re thinking… you have to be kidding me, even with finding all the double spaces how tedious to delete that extra space manually. No worries, tech will do that for you!
Notice in this document there are 15 double spaces in the document.
In a Google Doc, look for the 3 dots in the find box to replace the found text.
In the find and replace box you want to have spacebar spacebar in the “Find” spot and only a single spacebar in the “Replace with” box. Then choose “Replace all.” And boom, like that your document is double space free!
Control Shift H
You can go straight to the Find and Replace box with the keyboard shortcut Control Shift H. I have yet to master this keyboard shortcut. I need to FIND which starts with an F so Control F all the double spaces in the document. This I can remember. Can’t seem to mentally connect H with replace and since I find and replace pretty rarely, I tend to stick with Control F and clicking the 3 dots icon. But don’t let me deter you from learning a cool new keyboard shortcut! Give Control Shift H a try!
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