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If you are trying to use the Find Change dialog box to find special characters, such as ornaments or special bullets or obscure symbols, you are going to find that it's really hard to do it. For example, let me zoom in on the lower right corner of this page here and you can see that I have a special ornament at the end of the story. I would like to find that ornament and replace it with a different ornament. So I will select it with the Type tool, I will just double-clicked on that and then dragged over it, and I am going to open the Find Change dialog box by pressing Command+F or Ctrl+F on Windows, let me pan over here, so I can actually see the ornament.
Now, what am I going to type inside here to get that ornament? Well one trick is sometimes to select it, go to the Edit menu and copy it, and then come over here to the Find What field and paste it. But in this case, we see that's not an ornament. That's a letter J. What is going on there? Well, for frustratingly technical reasons, this J character and that ornament character, while they look totally different to you or me, they actually look the same to the computer because they both have the same Unicode value.
Fortunately, we can get around that by using the Glyph tab of the Find Change dialog box. The problem is that this Glyph tab is kind of confusing, in fact, I would nominate this is one of the most confusing dialog boxes in InDesign. But the good news is I don't have to wait through very much of this because of a special little trick. Here is the trick, I select the character that I am searching for, and right click on it or Ctrl-click with a one button mouse and choose from the Context menu, Load Selected Glyph in Find.
That loads that character into the top half of the Glyph tab. Now we need to load something into the lower half. So I am going to use the Glyph panel to insert a character that I want, and that's kind of interesting one. Let's try that. I am going to select that now, and load it in the Change side, Load Selected Glyph in Change. Again I just right-clicked or Ctrl-clicked with a mouse button mouse and I load that up here into the bottom half of the Find Change dialog box. Now we don't need that character anymore. So I will just select it and delete it and we will go back to the way it was.
Okay, now we are set, we have loaded up the Find Change dialog box. Let's see if it works. We will click Find, there it goes. It went right to the character we were looking for. I will click Change, and it changed to the character we wanted, looks terrific, I feel pretty confident in it. I will just click Change All, and it says it went through the whole document and I guess there are only three of them, but that's a lot faster than me having to do it manually. Sometimes you just need a tool that does one thing, and does it really well, and that's the Glyphs tab of the Find Change dialog box. It's not elegant, but it certainly does its job.
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