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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Using GREP styles in InDesign

Find and remove unwanted text. Below the Search menu, click icons to determine whether items such as locked layers, master pages, and footnotes are included in the search. Searches for text on master pages.

You can search in a forward or backward direction. Straight Single Quotation Mark. After you select a search query, you can adjust the settings to fine-tune your search.

Using GREP styles in InDesign

Nonbreaking Space fixed width. A query is a defined find-and-change operation. The searches for any character.

These icons indicate that formatting attributes have been set and that the find or change operation will be restricted accordingly. You can use the Found Indssign expressions to refer to these groupings.


You can even replace text with a graphic you copied. To End Of Story. For example, you could use these expressions:.

indrsign Search in forward or backward direction. Double Right Quotation Mark. To replace a font, select the new font you want to use from the Replace With list, and do one of the following:. The positive lookahead matches the search string only if it is followed by the specified pattern.


See Metacharacters for searching. To do this, create a Paragraph Style containing the Tab Stop attributes that you want. Search for and change specific occurrences of characters, words, groups of words, or text formatted a certain way. Disregards search characters if they are part of another word.

The Find First button is unavailable if the selected font is used in an imported graphic or if you selected multiple fonts in the list.

GREP uses a number of common symbols for coding expressions. Here are some tips for constructing GREP expressions. You can then replace any fonts except those in imported graphics with any other fonts available on your system.

Tips & Techniques: An InDesign GREP tutorial

Experiment with the examples in this table to learn more about GREP searches. Click Yes if you want to update the existing query.


Text in a hidden condition is always omitted from searching. Metacharacters represent a character or symbol in InDesign. I am trying to replace spaces that I am using kndesign to detect find will detect spaces simply by hitting the space bar and then replace them with a tab.

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. GREP still drives tutoriaal nuts. Instead, you can create a GREP style within the paragraph style which will automatically find and style the text for you. Select it on the Query list and click the Delete Query button. The magazine of the future? For example, you could use these expressions: