Peter Kahrel’s GREP in InDesign, 3rd edition, a page PDF ebook at the end of a story · Making a character lowercase · Video tutorial on GREP (pre CS3) . A GREP Style is a way to apply a character style to some text inside a paragraph, based on a GREP pattern. GREP, as we’ve discussed, is a. InDesign Secrets provides a list of GREP resources at . string only if it is followed by the specified pattern.

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Specify the range of your search from the Search menu, and click icons to include locked layers, master pages, footnotes, and other items in the search. Type or paste the text you want to find.

The first inndesign third groupings search for any quotation mark, and the second grouping searches for one or more word characters. Below the Search menu, click icons to determine whether items such as locked layers, master pages, and footnotes are included in the search. GREP uses a number of common symbols for coding expressions.

You can even replace text with a graphic you copied. When text on a hidden layer is found, you can see highlighting where the text appears, but you cannot see the text. You may also need to expand your search. You could create a character style for that, but then you have to find the company name everywhere it appears and assign the style manually.

Save time fixing punctuation errors by saving search strings as queries. Straight Single Quotation Mark. Use advanced, pattern-based search techniques to search for and replace text and formatting. For example, a period. Click Yes if you want to update the existing query. InDesign offers several preset queries for changing punctuation formats and other useful actions, such as changing telephone number formats.


This option is not available if multiple fonts are selected.


You can replace search items with either formatted or unformatted content copied to the clipboard. Find Font is not available in a Story Editor window. This option appears only if text is selected. Enter the search expression manually. Use a predefined query to find and replace text. The queries are grouped by type. Greep and change fonts.

Tips & Techniques: An InDesign GREP tutorial

One thing that all email addresses will have is the sign, so you can start by entering that in the text field. Searches for text on layers that have been hidden using the Layer Options dialog box. The text using that font moves into view. In the Change To box, type or paste the replacement text. Or, you may be searching for text that appears on an item, such as a locked layer, footnote, or hidden conditional text, that is currently excluded from the search.

For example, you could use these expressions: The quick brown fox jumps up and down. Search from the insertion point. To change all instances of the font selected in the list, click Change All. So click there and you can either select an existing character style or create a new one. You can replace text on hidden layers.

For example, you could use these expressions:. Use parentheses to divide your search into subexpressions. That literally means only one letter, though, so I need to go to Repeat and select One or More Times. Click the Special Characters For Search icon to the right of the Find What option and choose options from the Locations, Repeat, Match, Modifiers, and Posix submenus to help construct the search expression.


When you turn on Preview, you can edit the expression until it affects all your examples properly. To search more than one document, open the documents. You can use other methods to enter the glyph you want to find in the Glyph box.

Find/Change text in InDesign

Like you, my example with? By saving a query you constructed, you can run it again and share it with others.

inesign For example, you may be searching only a selection or a story instead of the document. Instead, you can create a GREP style within the paragraph style which will automatically find and style the text for you.

InDesign automatically converts pasted special characters to their metacharacter equivalent.

Using GREP styles in InDesign

Search the entire document or All Documents to search all open documents. See Metacharacters for searching. You cannot replace text in locked stories. Use similar patterns for negative lookbehinds? You can find and change text, objects, and glyphs by using or constructing a query. InDesignInDesign 2.