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grep for sentences

New Here ,
Apr 03, 2024 Apr 03, 2024

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I have figure captions in a big document that have two sentences (with periods after them, of course). After I run the List of Figures, I want to remove the second sentence. There are no other periods in each "paragraph," and the second sentence is followed by a tab. I need help to write the grep so it will find all words between two periods (including the second period) so I can delete that second sentence automatically, please. I've tried all sorts of combinations and I can't get it to work.

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Community Expert , Apr 03, 2024 Apr 03, 2024

Unclear what you mean by "run the list of figures" and screen shots always help us help you faster because it removes the guesswork, but taking a stab. 

 

I'm highlighting what I think you are asking for... did I get it right? if you don't need to match the tab, remove the final 

\t. And if by "paragraph" you want them to be paragraphs but they are all one big paragraph, you can replace the tabs with returns and then this should work. 

 

If yes, Find:

\.\K.+\.\t

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~Barb

 

 

 

 

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Community Expert , Apr 04, 2024 Apr 04, 2024

And if you need to keep the tab change the last part to (?=\t)

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Unclear what you mean by "run the list of figures" and screen shots always help us help you faster because it removes the guesswork, but taking a stab. 

 

I'm highlighting what I think you are asking for... did I get it right? if you don't need to match the tab, remove the final 

\t. And if by "paragraph" you want them to be paragraphs but they are all one big paragraph, you can replace the tabs with returns and then this should work. 

 

If yes, Find:

\.\K.+\.\t

2024-04-03_20-22-52.png

 

2024-04-03_20-30-36 (1).gif

 

~Barb

 

 

 

 

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Oh YAY!!! It works like a charm! I can't thank you enough!!! I keep having to run new TOC for Figures in this large file because every time it is "final," it isn't! Right now I don't have time to study up on the GREP stuff, but I will. So thank you for getting me over this hump!

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And if you need to keep the tab change the last part to (?=\t)

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Yay! So glad that was what you needed. When you are stumped by an InDesign question, just come back and tell us about it. We are always happy to help. 

 

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