What version of InDesign?
One solution would be to use a custom text variable. Edit the variable and all instances will change.
The big downside is that variables don't wrap, so if the text is too long to fit the width of the line it will compress on iself, and if the string is long, but will fit on a line, it may move the whole variable to thenext line leaving a gap at the end of the previous line.
Peter, and editing 15 different text variables is a pain. This really isn't a feauture yet? Something this obviously basic?
I just cannot believe that it wouldn't have been implemented in version 2 of the whole softwares life.
Why are you editing 15 variables? Do you have 15 DIFFERENT pieces of text that appear multiple times, or one piec that appears 15 times?
How is the text currently stored?
For example, a new client is taken on.
The fields are:
Our legal entities personality
Region of operation
and more that I cannot remember right now, the thing is like 200 pages long. They all appear anywhere from 5 to 50 times each.
The text/data is currently stored in an access database and in excel.
This looks like a good candidate for Data Merge. You will have to go throught the document to set up the fields, but then you should be able to create your new doucment will all info in place with just a couple of clicks.
That's why I asked how the data is stored.
Is there no middle ground? If the data was just in my noodle?
It has to be entered someplace. If it's "just in your noodle" why is it harder to create 15 variables in a template and edit the values than it is to type the text directly into the document once?
If you keep a spreadsheet of this stuff you can export a text file and do a data merge (and pick one record), but either way, you have to do some up front work to make a template, and type in the info someplace.