Should be simple but it's not.

This GREP expression works in the FIND/CHANGE PANEL in InDesign CC:

Working GREP function

However, when I plug it into a FindChangeList.txt, it doesn't work:

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I know for a fact that the list file is being called correctly and works - so it's not anything to do with that. (If I change it to TEXT and change "2+2" to "2 + 2" the script runs perfectly.)

What is going on?

Thank you!

  • Hi LazarusBlack, welcome to GD.SE. Is there any reason why you can not use find \+ and replace with \s+\s? – user120647 Feb 3 '19 at 20:45
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    Yes. Because I have multiple formats of the "+" plus in the text. Example: I need to convert every "2+2" to "2 + 2" while leaving "+2" as "+2" and "A+" as "A+" and "+/-" and "+/-". – LazarusBlack Feb 3 '19 at 21:34

My friends found the answer on this thread:


I needed to use double backslash in the text file.

So this works!


Thanks to everyone who tired.

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Try searching every \+ preceded by a number (?<=\d) and followed by a number (?=\d):


and change it for \s+\s

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  • Nice try, but it behaves just like my script above. It works in the FIND/CHANGE panel but not in the FindChangeList.txt file. – LazarusBlack Feb 3 '19 at 21:48
  • To be clear, your script works just as you show - but only in the FIND/CHANGE panel you are showing me in the animation. Can you show me it working in the FindChangeList.txt file? – LazarusBlack Feb 3 '19 at 21:50

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