I imported this tabbed text from Microsoft Word into Indesign as shown in the attachment.enter image description here

I am attempting to replace every second tab in this text into no character ie any tab number that is divisible by 2.

Can this be done with a GREP find change in Indesign please?

Hope this clarifies what I need.


  • I think you forgot to post the image/link to the attachment – Billy Kerr Oct 8 '18 at 9:23
  • I hope you can see the image. I tried the first suggestion putting ^t^tin the find field of the find change dialogue box and then replacing with ^t but to no avail. Can anyone help? – Jonathan Beech Oct 8 '18 at 9:37
  • "Every second tab" is ambiguous. What you mark in the image is "every last tab" -- and, even more specific, "only that single tab at the end of each line". (This also happens to make the required GREP considerably easier.) – usr2564301 Oct 8 '18 at 10:01
  • You don't need any GREP to delete a tab character before an end paragraph character... Just find/replace ^t^p by ^p. – user120647 Oct 8 '18 at 10:26

OK, there are 2 tactics that you can take here. You could match what you ask, its a bit tricky it would be easier to match "line ending in tab", which would solve your current situation more easily:

in grep find what:


replace by (nothing):

But off course what you ask can also be matched with the GREP:

fid what:


"Tab followed by anything not tab put this in replacement group 1 and followed by tab"

replace by:


"Replacement group 1"

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  • Sorry maybe I am being misunderstood. I want to target every second character as shown in the image attached. Thanks for the input. – Jonathan Beech Oct 8 '18 at 9:38
  • @JonathanBeech every other on each paragraph? – joojaa Oct 8 '18 at 9:51
  • Yes please. Thats what I am after – Jonathan Beech Oct 8 '18 at 9:52
  • Excellent. That was just the job thank you. I shall look into using GREP a little more. I have used it in the past in a limited capacity but clearly don't have your GREP chops – Jonathan Beech Oct 8 '18 at 10:06
  • @JonathanBeech I suggest reading Mastering regular expressions – joojaa Oct 8 '18 at 10:54

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