In a Paragraph style
I'm looking for a GREP command to automate the placement of the command-backslash character typically used in front of the first word in a numbered notes footer to align all other lines in the paragraph with the first word rather than the number.
I use it all the time! But I have no idea what that character is called! With invisible characters visible, it looks like a little dagger. It would be nice not to have to place it by hand in docs that are all tech specs with heavy annotation!
You're looking for the Indent to Here character.
However - you're better off using Paragraph Styles - and set the Indent and First Line indent.
Okay. Thak you.
That's name is "indent to here"
GREP command is "~i"
That will only Find the character and you can do a Find/Replace to insert the indent to here character.
But you can't use GREP to insert it automatically.
Setting up tab indents is the best way to achieve this globally, and makes it flexible to update all tab stops across the document(s) by editing the paragraph style.
Thank You. Of course. I'm so into learning grep I over looked the simple answer.
Good to know. Use a thing for 20 years and never know it's name!
By 'first word' you probably mean the first word after the note's number. As Eugene mentioned, you can't use a GREP style. But you can use a simple find/change query (in the Find/Change's GREP tab):
Find what: ^[\d.]+\s?\K
Change to: ~i
Note: this query works only in ID 16.2 (released May 2021) and later. In older versions you need this:
Find what: ^[\d.]+\s?\K(.)
Change to: ~i$1
(That's a $ followed by the number 1 at the end)