I'm looking for an easy way to change all the elements in a file that use one color to another color, similar to how you can select all items of similar fill color in Illustrator. Does such a thing exist in InDesign? The closest I can find is to delete the color I don't want to use and choose the new color in the dialog box that pops up, but the problem is, I want to replace everything that is [Black] with Pantone black, but ID won't let me delete [Black]. I want to change everything from background shapes, to text, to strokes on tables, etc. from [Black] to Pantone Black C without having to select each element individually. I figured there must be an easier way to do this that I'm just missing, right?
I don't know if this will do strokes on a table, but for other text, strokes and fills, you can use the find/change box. It will take several operations. Find text - leave find and replace boxes blank and just choose character color.
Find object, do one runthrough for fill and one for stroke on all box frames.
So far, I have found no way to select table strokes this way.
Ah, thanks! I hadn't thought about that. It's not perfect, but it certainly makes the process easier.
When you think you've found it all, open the Separations Preview, and turn off the all colors except [Black]. That will make it easy to see if any elements got left behind.