GREP in InDesign
By Peter Kahrel
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2008

Updated: June 2013. Author Peter Kahrel updated this Short Cut to cover InDesign CC. Several examples have been added, and most examples are now analysed in more detail.

Author note: In Adobe InDesign CS6, GREP has not changed at all. Therefore, the information in this title is valid and up to date for CS6.

Updated: August 2010. Author Peter Kahrel updated this Short Cut to cover InDesign CS5.

Updated: November 2009. Author Peter Kahrel updated this Short Cut to address typos and reader comments.

GREP (short for "General Regular-Expression Print") is a powerful tool that lets you use wildcards ("jokers") to search and replace text. InDesign's GREP implementation can be used for text and also for formatting codes, finding patterns in text as well as literal text.

GREP moves beyond the restrictions that hampered earlier InDesign search features, but unfortunately it does have the reputation of being difficult to master. As with many things, it can be challenging to learn, but, fortunately, a lot can be done with surprisingly simple expressions. The aim of this Short Cut is to show how to create simple but powerful regular expressions.

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A must have for Indesign

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Comments about O'Reilly Media GREP in InDesign:

This saved my *** on a very tedious document with lots of numerals to change in hundreds of table cells. Mixing the power of GREP with Indesign search was the way to go.

 
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Very very helpful!

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media GREP in InDesign:

    This is a very good introduction to the subject. It isn't exhaustive (but refers often to another tome that is), but it's more than enough for many users. Some of the later examples are rather complicated, but the explanations are miraculously lucid. I was able to begin using techniques I learned immediately.

     
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    No, there is no better PDF

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    I'm fascinated.

     
    4.0

    Mastering GREP made easy!

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media GREP in InDesign:

    As a designer I started to use GREP in InDesign a half year ago, bit by bit, but reading the Adobe InDesign Help section was not very encouraging. After reading this book I use GREP every working day. And it is addicting: every time I find new ways to speed up formatting and to avoid mistakes. Boring Find-Change actions become magic tricks and entertaining puzzles, with a lot of satisfaction (and time saving) solving them. Every InDesign user should understand and use GREP, and this book is the best way to master it.
    No five stars: I don't like the design. And as a Dutchman, knowing the author is dutch, maybe someday a Dutch version would be awesome!

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    Excelent reference

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      There´s a lot of information about GREP coding, but this book is excelent in demostrating, through precise examples in InDesign, how to make searches with this powerful tool. A must have reference for busy designer.
      Un libro excelente!!!

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