We've been discussing this over in Adobe Community: Multiple record data merge into paragraph styles-applies the wrong style
You can find the empty field markers using a plain text (not GREP -- seems to be a bug) Find/Change for <FEFF>
Thanks, Peter; do I put <FEFF> before and after the search expression?
<FEFF> is the unicode value of the field marker (what is pasting in GREP as ~I, which is really an index marker, which is why it fails to match). you can search for it alone to remove the empty fields, or combine it with other things as you wish, but it ONLY WORKS FOR TEXT searchs. You can't get it to even enter into the GREP find field.
I think you'll find the other tread very interesting, and maybe more helpful than you might suppose, if you take the time to read it all.
Thanks, Peter. I will read the other thread when I have time. The unicode tip seems to have taken care of my immediate problem. So much to learn, so little brain power!