Add paragraph return (^p) as a special character in Find and Replace window
Find and Replace text has a shortcut popup for a Forced Line Break, ^n, but not the more common simple Paragraph return, ^p.
A Paragraph return is the normal Return button on all keyboards. A forced line break is Shift/Enter.
Find/Replace understands ^n notation for a forced line break, but does not understand ^p notation for a paragraph return.
Workarounds exist, and they are mentioned it this request:
Add grep/regex to Find and Replace feature
But you are correct, this should be available from the box, without scripts...
Microsoft Word allows to search for paragraph breaks with ^p, but it obviously does not work in Ai — should be!
SC Abbot commented
I’m not a Windows user, but I have students who are and they’re experiencing the same problems as described in the post above, although mine was submitted as a BUG because it is. If Mac users can do something that PC users can’t, well, hallelujah first of all, but second — that’s a bug.
!! Add paragraph break as a special character in Find and Replace window !! In order to impliment space after in paragraph style, the first thing designer has to do on the client's file is to replace all paragraph breaks with line breaks every time. So, availability of paragraph break as a special character saves tens if not hundreds of steps and clicks. I see no reason why the line break ^n is available as a special character and the paragraph break is not. It's already available in InDesign.
It's such a no-brainor function done with very basic implementation that I can't compliment why it takes a million redundant user voices and a million years to implement... Please save us all.
Mark Barron commented
Want to search for Paragraph Returns, ^p, but Illustrator only has a Forced Line break, ^n available. You can copy the invisible paragraph return and paste it into the fields, but .. it's INVISIBLE and hard to see. Having Illustrator actually search for a ^p, paragraph return would be very helpful now that Illustrator's behavior with triple clicking text now ignores a forced line break.