Changing Firstname Lastname using GREP

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Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022

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Need some help should be an easy one. I need to change Lastname Firstname to Firstname Lastname using GREP. What's the code that I need, Thanks!

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Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022

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Hi @Nicholas232729078d7n ,

please show a screenshot sample of what you have, a list of names perhaps?

Enable frame edge visibility and also show hidden characters so that we can exactly see how first name and last name is done in the text, where are end of line special characters or end of paragraph special characters, tabs, blanks etc.pp. Also show paragraphs before and after a certain sample of formatted text on an InDesign page.

 

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Uwe Laubender
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Below is an example of what I have. The first image (Lastname Firstname), the second image (Firstname Lastname). I'm wondering what code I need to create the second image, Thanks!

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Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022

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Any names in your list that have three parts? Start with de, van, von, etc?

Those make it much more difficult...

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Not that I can see from list... If you can you give me both great if not, that's fine too.

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Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022

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@Peter Spier wrote:

Any names in your list that have three parts?


 

Azam S M Fasihul has four parts.

 

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Jane

 

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Thanks for spotting that Jane! I'm not sure if there's variable that can control the amount of parts associated with the name. I'm pretty new to all of this, any help would be great, Thanks!

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I suspect you will need a script to identify paragraphs with more than two words and mark them in some way for later manual treatment.

for two-word paragraphs you can use the following GREP:

Find ^(\w+)( )(\w+)$

Change $3$2$1

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That middle parenthese should have a \s in it

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Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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Hi Peter,

well, this can happen, below the full expression pasted to the Insert/Edit code widget of the forum editor.

 

Find GREP:

^(\w+)(\s)(\w+)$

Change GREP:

$3$2$1

 

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Uwe Laubender
( Adobe Community Professional )

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Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

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Thanks so much everyone! This really worked out great! New to a lot of this functions in InDesign, any resources that can point me in a good direction, always looking to learn.

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