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I have quite a few text anchors in a document and now the naming of the text anchors has to be changed.

  1. Does someone know how to rename text anchors (have not found a rename option yet)
  2. Is it then sufficient to just select refresh in the cross-references panel to get the texts updated?

EDIT:

Found something similar!? One has to know that Text anchors are grouped as Hyperlinks. You can rename them in the Hyperlink panel or Cross-References panel under Hyperlink Destination Option.

The catch is - after a rename and refresh, they point to the beginning of the document. Is this a bug or am I doing something wrong?

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Merged new findings into topic. –  abergmeier Jan 20 at 18:10

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You can't do this easily from within InDesign, but there is a simple workaround:

  • Export the InDesign file to IDML, which is simply an XML file where everything is in plain text.

  • Load the file into a good text editor, and run Search/Replace on the terms you need to change.

  • Open the updated IDML file in InDesign, which will give you a fresh InDesign file with the renamed anchors.

A bonus with this approach is that it will clear out any clutter that may have accumulated in the file while you were editing it, giving you a completely "clean" INDD.

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