In the Find/Change Panel,
Find what: [the word you are looking for]
Change to: [the word you are looking for] + at the bottom of panel, make sure to go to Change format and click the magnifying glass icon to specify the attributes (bold+italic) to change
I'm not sure if I'm using this reply properly.
Ideally the recommendations should work. I've imported a word file into Indesign.
All the words that were bold, italicized and colored in Word, have a colored highlight around the word and are set in roman. When I select the word and try to change it, the change doesn't apply. I'm not sure why.
It sounds like you're importing text for which the font isn't loaded/doesn't exist on your system. You'll need to load the font, and then try the Find/Change sequence again. The highlighted text in InDesign is most likely a missing font, if the highlight is pink; if it's another color, look in your InDesign preferences in the "Composition" tab to see what other highlighted items you have checked.
Also, if you need to strip out any formatting from Word, you can (in the InDesign preferences) choose "Text only" in the Clipboard Handling tab (at the bottom).
Hope this helps.
I'll try that.
Thank you. That worked with a little fiddling around.