I'm trying to delete text in non-linked text frames without having to individually click inside each one, select all, and delete.
Is there a faster way of doing this?
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Yes -- but since it requires multiple text frames to be selected, it can only work on a single spread. You cannot select items 'across' spreads.
(?s)^.+, leave the bottom field blank. This is essentially "Find all continuous text".
This is also scriptable and can be made to work on an entire document, but since a script works independent of any user input, you'd need some way of telling it what frames to clear out.
I had the same problem just a few minutes ago. I had all kinds of text, icons, and images that I needed to get rid of.
All I did was to go to my masterpage, right-click, and selected: "Apply master to pages..." > "All Pages".
And it all cleared out, leaving me with all the frames from my masterpage clean and ready to fill out once again.