I have a huge, long list in Open Office Writer and I like to remove some parts of the text, but manually it would take days. Can anyone tell me how to make a regular expression to remove everything between brackets in the text? Here's the example. The text now looks like this:

word word word (number word)
word word (word word)
numbers word (word number word)
word (numbers)

I would like it to look like this:

word word word
word word
numbers word

So I would like to remove everything from brackets + the brackets themselves too.


You would have to do a line by line search and remove the brackets. See the example I've cooked up here. You can use many online regex tools to try this

This is the regex i came up with. I don't have openoffice so can't test it in that.

Assuming this is the screen you are looking at:


This regular expression should work

  • Sorry it doesn't work. Your example does find each line that contains words inside brackets and if I use "find&replace with", it removes them but it also removes everything before and after the brackets too. I need something that only removes the words inside brackets but leaves everything else before and after them. Oct 13 '16 at 18:12
  • screenshot is this the correct screen? If so then just try this (\(.*\)) Oct 13 '16 at 18:15
  • You are welcome, will edit the answer to reflect the changes Oct 13 '16 at 18:22

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