Fixing/consolidating Rests in a single bar

I have many bars ( I guess from xml import) where there are many eight-note rests ( as in bar 49, I want them look like bar 50) as follows:

also other examples:

Is there a way to fix/consolidate these rests properly? The time signature is 4/4.

Any help would be appreciated.

The easiest way would be to simply select the whole passage, do Edit > Filter > Rests, then hit Delete. That will delete these explicit rests imported from MusicXML and will leave you with the default rests that divide the bar correctly according to the settings in Notation Options.

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