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space before footnote reference

New Here ,
Nov 30, 2018 Nov 30, 2018

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Hi everyone

I have a really big book with thousands of footnotes, and in the word document every one of them has a space before the footnote reference in the text which needs to be removed. Has anybody any ideas how to do this? --- really hope so

Peter

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 30, 2018 Nov 30, 2018
Assuming you have placed the word docx text into InDesign:InDesign Edit menu > Find/Change to the rescue!In a GREP search:Find What: \s(?=~F)Change to: nothing in this field

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Nov 30, 2018 Nov 30, 2018

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When you say "space before" you mean space that precedes the footnote reference correct? I ask because there's a "space before" feature in InDesign that adds space above a paragraph. If what you desire is to remove the space that precedes the footnote reference, you can use Find/Change to remove it.

  1. Open the Find/Change dialog box by choosing Edit > Find/Change
  2. The footnote reference will either have a character style applied to it or will have the superscript format applied to it however you can't search for characters that have superscript applied because the space that precedes the number won't have that format applied. So in the Find/Change dialog box, click on the GREP tab and in the Find What field, type \s(\d+) and in the change to field, type $1. For safe measure, click on the specify attributes to change property and choose either superscript for the position or choose a character style in which to format the footnote reference.
  3. Click find then change a few times to ensure that it is doing what you expect, then click change all.

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Assuming you have placed the word docx text into InDesign:

InDesign Edit menu > Find/Change to the rescue!

In a GREP search:

Find What: \s(?=~F)

Change to: nothing in this field

Mike Witherell

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brilliant Vinny, big thank you

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Vinny?

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Thank you,\s(?=~F) worked for me.

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