The basic idea would be to do a few GREP search and replaces:
1. Search for any character at the end of a word formatted in italics.
2. Replace with that character + some symbol that isn't used in the
book, say @ (careful of email addresses)
3. Search for any character at the beginning of a word formatted in italics
4. Replace with same character as in (2)
5. Do a regular search for @ @ and change to italics formatting.
6. Delete all @
The GREP search for (1) might be:
The GREP replace for (2) might be:
The GREP search for (3) might be:
The GREP replace for (4):
Thank you for your response. I am having complications with this as when I do the first GREP search and replace it is actually placing the character in front of the last letter of the word (not sure why).
Any further advice? I will keep playing with this concept and see what I can do. Thank you again for your advice.
I cleared my sheet and started with two new examples to test it, and it places them in the right place at first, but then I can't get it to delete, and when I go back to try it again the @ doesn't get placed int he right spot. It is odd, I think perhaps some formatting is getting changed along the way...not sure.
Still trying, thought I would update.
The $1 is where the character ends up.
So $1@ will put the char first, followed by the at sign
@$1 will put the @ first, followed by the char
For deleting, you may have more luck with a regular find/replace, not a
It was an issue with my formatting of the italics in the regular find and replace and appears now to be working. Thank you so very much for the assistance, greatly appreciated.