I'm new to this program...like, 5 minutes in to using it. I make typesetted catalogs, where there are 850 or so "lots," that all have Caps locked titles. These titles also have to be in all bold. Is there any easy to take my existing text, & make it bold (like a Find/Change)?
Find/Replace can accomplish this.
Being new to the software, you need to determine some things first. Is there a style which has invoked the all Caps? You would edit that style to globally change to Bold.
Insert your curser into the text in question. Open at the Character Styles and Paragraph Style Panels; are there useful styles other than Basic?
If not, you should create a Style for Bold. Open the Find/Replace. Leave the find field blank; lower in the dialog click on the Find Format, click the icon to bring up the attributes. Plunk through the options, how your text is formatted (Styles or local over-rides) dictate what to select in this Find Format.
Click the Replace Format icon below the Find. Set the Bold Style.
I presume you mean the text was typed in with the caps lock key on so it is all uppercase. There are a number of ways to do this, but which to use depends on waht you have. Do these headings have a style assigned to them? They should, and if they do all you need to do is edit the style definition to use Bold. If not you can do it with Find/Change and GREP, but we need to know if there is any punctuation and whether there is any other text inthe same paragraph, or if the titles stand alone. A screen capture would help, (and take it with non-printing characters visible, please). You can embed it in a post using the camera icon on the web page like this:
Sit tight - Myself and perhaps Peter Frame are going to make some recomendations, after making guesses about that screen shot.
Till than, consider closing that file without Saving; or create a copy to work with. You're in for some basics which will reformat quite a bit of that document.
Did you also type the numbers?
If so, I think (haven't tested, so be careful, maybe try it on a copy) the following GREP find/change should work:
Leave the change fiels blank, but set the change formatting to use either a bold character style (best) or bold in the basic tecxt formatting.
This will fail if there are numbers in the title.
I was going to suggest a nested character style, but the text is so inconsistent that you would need to use an "end nested style here" character to stop it, and I'm not sure that's really much help.
Besides the numbers at the beginning? I didn't see any in the screen shot....
This would be a LOT easier if the tiltles didn't run in as part of the same paragaph. Do you type all of this, or import someone else's typing (not that it makes much difference now that the text is already there)?
It's imported through a program called CUS- my coworkers enter all of their date, and the program plops it out in the exact format you see (except the bold- I add that after the fact). A lot of things in my life would be a LOT easier without CUS, but it's a necessary program for my line of work.
Any way, for the future, that you could get your coworkers to add a special character of some sort (you could pick anything, as long as it isn't something you use elsewhere in the text) at the end of the titles? You could then do a find/change for the special character and change it to the end nested style, or a force line break, or even a paragraph return, depending on what you want.
I htink with waht you have right now, though, you can try the GREP and see if it picks up most of the lisitngs, then fix the few it misses by hand.