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Prospects for your health are not good, I'm afraid.
These numberes are now "dumb" numbers. They have absolutely nothing to do with InDesign's Paragraph numbering. The only way to change them is to look for each superscript number and change it to the one required. (Which indeed is tedious, especially when you have, or suspect you have, superscripted numbers in your text that are NOT endnote.)
If you were prudent and have been using character styles for your note numbers, you can do yourself a big favor by temporarily adding a thick, brightly coloured underline to this style. That'll make'em stand out a bit.
Updating the note list at the end of the chapter is something else. Step 1: remove obsolete notes. Step 2: remove existing note numbers. Step 3: add new numbers with Paragraph Numbering. Step 4: convert auto-numbering to text.
Only for step 2 you need the dreaded GREP find-and-replace. Look for
and replace with nothing. These codes will look at the start of each paragraph (^) and any number of digits (\d+). Make sure to select the correct text range and the Find/Change is set to "Selection".
Heh, heh, I'm pretty sure the only superscripts I have ARE the references but I couldn't figure out how to tell IND to look for them. I think that if I know that at least I can go "next, next, next..." instead of depending on my eyes!
Anyone know that?
Thanks, for your help. because of it, I think I may not jump yet.
In the find change dialog, clcik the littel magnifier icon next to the Find Formatting box and either specify the character style, if you used one, or go to the basicharacter formats section and specify superscript in the Position dropdown.
That's the trick! And from here I can create a cross reference. Whoo hoo! Manageable, fixable.
Thanks for both assists.