I want to remove a new line created after each name in a chat log file. Example:

their message
their message

So I set it to extended search in Find & Replace, and I search for the string:

: \r

And set it to replace with:


It finds the instances of this that I'm looking for, but for some reason it doesn't bump the text back from the new line when I replace - and it says it's been successfully replaced. I tried removing the space from the replacement text, and it took the spaces out, but still didn't bump the text up a line.

Any suggestions?

  • There is no guarantee that the last symbols of user's message is not :[space]. But I do not see the way to distinguish is this substring the tail of the header or the tail of the message... Is the PersonN:[space] a real header content or it looks like John:[space]? – Akina Jul 13 '18 at 4:27
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Find : \r\n and replace with :[space]

You need to find the carriage return (CR) and line feed (LF).

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  • Ctrl+H
  • Find what: :\h+\R
  • Replace with: : (a semicolon followed by a space)
  • check Wrap around
  • check Regular expression
  • Replace all


:       : a semicolon
\h+     : 1 or more horizontal spaces
\R      : any kind of linebreak (ie. \n, \r or \r\n)

Result for given example:

Person1: their message
Person2: their message    
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As already mentioned in the other answer, you need to change \r to \r\n. This because Windows uses a combination of Carriage Return (CR in Notepad++ or \r) and Line Feed (LF in Notepad++ or \n) to signal new lines.

Regarding your issue, Notepad++ treats the replacement of \r literally (so your final replacement is actually [space] \n). And since other operating systems use either a single \n (Linux) or \r (the MacOS default, if I am not mistaken) for "newline" characters, Notepad++ treats them that way as well (i.e. represents them as line breaks, hence no "bumping").


  • If you ever need to see formatting characters (Tabs, Spaces, End of Line) you can use View > Show Symbol to see them.

  • Make sure to have Extended or Regular expression marked in Search Mode when replacing.

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