Project Replace and format

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Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:30 am Post

I did a Project Replace and wanted italics in the text which replaced the old. As far as I understand it is not possible to format the replacing text, at least not in that dialogue box. In a long document this is not ideal.
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Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:21 am Post

The replaced text will use the same formatting as the original text - exactly as every other Find and Replace panel works in other apps.

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Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:12 am Post

I suppose that the question andegerd was raising was whether it is possible to add formatting in the find and replace operation, as in (most) word processors: e.g. to convert all instances of 'biased' to 'parti pris' in italics. As far as I know, it's not possible (not in Project Replace, nor in the document Find dialogue), nor is it possible to do the converse, that is to filter the search based on formatting: e.g. to find only those instances of a word that are already in italics.

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Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:43 am Post

Yes, I understood the question and I think my answer made it clear that it's not possible. :) There are currently no plans for anything like that, sorry. But it's easy enough to do the traditional way - just do a project search for the term, then go through each document using cmd-F, cmd-G and cmd-I to find each term and italicise it. (It's not desirable to try to provide an automated solution for every conceivable task a user might want to perform.)
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Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:49 am Post

OK. Sorry if my reply was redundant. I found the original exchange a bit confusing, hence the attempted clarification -- for the OP and any other readers of the thread.

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Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:22 pm Post

It's a Monday morning - I can do nothing but confusing (and confused, befuddled, discombobulated...) on a Monday morning. :)
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Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:47 pm Post

nicka wrote:nor is it possible to do the converse, that is to filter the search based on formatting: e.g. to find only those instances of a word that are already in italics.


This one is possible--used Edit>Find>Find by Formatting... and set it to find by Character Format and then italics. You can search for just anything in italics or for a specific word, etc.
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Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:32 pm Post

That's great: very useful. Thanks for letting me know. Strange that I never noticed -- although I think I know why: it's because I'm not used to this being in a separate dialogue from ordinary find and replace.

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