The pesky ~c in the grep find change is extremely helpful but limited.

I want to script multiple find change actions that replace the text found with complex formatted text blocks containing text, tables and objects.

I use grep a lot, but I'm limited by only having one clipboard item.

Is there a way to have multiple item on a clipboard and pull from them via a script?

  • In the past, in other contexts, I have used files with "magic names" in a specific location as the "clipboards," either by loading them dynamically, or merely switching to the MDI document with the specific name. For inDesign, this might look like a javascript that I could edit with logic to decide, once grep'd, which document to switch to, copy all, then paste in place. It might even look, in structure, like e.g. a "format fractions" script
    – Yorik
    Dec 4 '15 at 17:20
  • Could it look like this... Pardon my rough explanation. (I'm not a javascripter) 1. Target file (Working file) 2. Open 'magic name' file 3. Select all > Copy > close file 4. Run GREP query 5. Rinse and repeat steps 2 - 4 as many times as number of changes Does that look workable? Dec 4 '15 at 21:57

You can use the FindChangeByList script which comes packaged with InDesign (so everyone already has it). The script reads a text file that holds a list of "typed out" find/change commands that you can edit. These commands can be text, GREP, or glyph level find/change commands. Read more at Indesign Secrets.

FindChangeByList script

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