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Tip of the Week: Deleting Text With Find/Change

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Did you know that you can use InDesign’s Find/Change to delete text? 

Say you want to delete all the text set in a particular paragraph or character style. You are using styles to format your text, right? That’s necessary for this trick to work.

Open the Find/Change window and leave both the Find What and Change To fields empty. Click in the Find Format field, and use Style Options to choose a style. Leave Change Format blank. By doing this, you’ve told InDesign find anything set in that style and replace it with nothing. Run the Find/Change and voila, all text set in that style (including inline and anchored items) is gone.

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2 Comments on “Tip of the Week: Deleting Text With Find/Change

  1. I learned that a while back, by accident. Had to do a search and replace and was in such a rush I forgot about filling in the replace field. I was like “where did all that text go?”

    Thank God for “undo”

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