You are saying that the formatting is different for every 20th paragraph, reagardless of its content, and that it is aways going to be the first paragraph on a page?
As long as you never deviate from the 20 paragraph cycle this is actually fairly easy to do, you jsut need 20 paragraph styles, 19 of which are based on each other and differ only in the style name. You then set the "next style" attribute to rotate through the list of styles, so the next style for #20 is #1 and the sequence starts over. Now just select the entire block of text from the point where you edited to the end and right-click on the style name for the irst paragraph in the selection, then from the context menu choose Apply <stylename> And Next Style.
Your opening sentence is a much shorter, more elegant, and almost perfectly accurate summary of my problem. It is a 10 paragraph cycle.
However, your solution seems slightly less elegant than your summary. Looking at your activity I'm guessing you know what you are talking about, but are you confident this is the best solution?
It's more elgegant than it sounds, and as far as I know it's the only way to do a paragraph style cycle. Once you have a style for each paragraph position, you only need to know which position you nwant to start with (you could just select the entire document and start at one), then it's one essentially a one-click solution to reformat the whole thing. Whatever you have selected will cascade through the style cycle.
Ok, I believe I have set it up correctly as you've outlined, however I'm not getting the "And Next Style" appearing in the contextual menu.
I'm trying it globally on the document where i've selected the first paragraph, and right click on the style I want in the paragraph style menu. One of the selections is "Style A", however there isn't anything that dictates "And Next Style".
(I'm using CS 5.5)
Never mind, I realized I had to select the entire text.
Thank you very much for your help with this.
Aw geez, and I just finished making a three-part set of screen caps.