To add to Barb's reply, suppose you want to replace one variable defined to be the product name and the version with two variables: one for the product name and one for the version. All you need do is:
1) Define both new variables
2) Find one occurrence of the old variable and insert the two new ones in its place.
3) Select the two variables you have just inserted.
4) Do a global find/change by pasting
5) Delete the original variable.
P.S. Barb, do you have a Lab?
I do have two dogs at my feet, but no Labs. I usually grab student materials/demo files for my forum screen shots to protect the confidentiality of client files.
D'oh! Of course! I searched on this process and found nothing. I suspect my thinking has been tainted by using other authoring platforms.
Thank you for the quick reply!
Thank you also.
Always happy to help, MAM_PDX.
Once you discover By Pasting, it greatly increases the functionality of Find/Change. In addition to coping any object on a page, you can use Edit > Copy Special to copy ¶ tags, character tags, conditional text settings and even column widths. I use it ALL.THE.TIME.
I suspect my thinking has been tainted by using other authoring platforms.
As a sidenote, Adobe quietly slid it into InDesign, (renamed Other > Clipboard Contents) and I'm guessing I'm the only one in that world who appreciates it.
Thanks for this post, @BarbBinder. I've learned a lot from people like YOU who have posted helpful tips in this forum. Thanks for teaching me a new time saver!
That's great, GrayBugs! Thanks for letting me know.
If you haven't found my blog yet, bookmark it—I've been answering my Rocky Mountain Training student's questions there since 2009. A lot of the old stuff is still valid today—with the exception of the Special menu getting renamed Insert in 2017—but if something doesn't work, just let me know and I'll get it updated.