Good question! Someone may chime in with 1-step process, but it's pretty darn quick as two, especially if you save the first query:
- Find what: Bullet tab
- Change to: Para style Bullets
- Change all
- Click the trash can to delete the Para style
- Change all
With GREP, you could find one or more characters followed by a tab at the beginning of a paragraph (^.+^t) to locate any list, but you'd need to assign the Bullets style to bullets, the Numbering style to numbers and the AlphaNumbering style to letters, so I don't see an advantage.
The advantage is you can do the removal and paragraph assignment in one go, but you would need to be VERY careful in the query design so that you don't accidentally remove a first word that you want to keep. You'd need separate queries for each style, though.
You can also create the Paragraph style you want for Bulleted Lists, so that now you have 2 bullets per line. Then, go to Indesign's Type menu and go down to "Remove Bullets" and it removes the outermost one, leaving you with the style you created.
go to Indesign's Type menu and go down to "Remove Bullets" and it removes the outermost one, leaving you with the style you created.
The command is actually Type > Bulleted & Numbered List > Remove Bullets, but that turns off the automatic bullets that you can enable in InDesign. It will not remove bullets typed in manually (usually via Word), which was the focus of the original question.