Why is find/change missing "selection" as option to search?

New Here ,
Mar 02, 2019 Mar 02, 2019

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I am working in Indesign CC 2019 on a document that will not show "selection" when perfoming find/change.

It only show document as the option to search. How do I restore all the options (selection, story, etc.).  ??  Mike

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 02, 2019 Mar 02, 2019
In Find/Change, the Selection option only appears when you have made a selection in text. It's working in InDesign CC 2019 for me as you can see in this screen capture:If it's not working, you might try restoring InDesign preferences:Set preferences in Adobe InDesign 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 02, 2019 Mar 02, 2019

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In Find/Change, the Selection option only appears when you have made a selection in text. It's working in InDesign CC 2019 for me as you can see in this screen capture:

Screen Shot 2019-03-02 at 5.40.36 PM.png

If it's not working, you might try restoring InDesign preferences:

Set preferences in Adobe InDesign 

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New Here ,
Mar 02, 2019 Mar 02, 2019

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Thanks Steve.

I think I tried that but certainly will when I get back to work Monday; maybe I didn't! On a deadline.

How do I restore the Indesign Preferences if I need to?

Mike

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New Here ,
Mar 02, 2019 Mar 02, 2019

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Oh I see the link in your reply. Thanks!

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New Here ,
Nov 11, 2019 Nov 11, 2019

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This behavior is super confusing in CC 2020. Spent 20 minutes try to figure out why story and selection wouldn't show. Thanks for another unnecessary change to something that wasn't broken for the last 20 years.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Nov 11, 2019 Nov 11, 2019

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So you did figure it out? What has changed, exactly?

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Engaged ,
Dec 22, 2019 Dec 22, 2019

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I have faced this multiple times in version CC2018, CC2019 and again today in CC2020. Even when the story or selection is selected, the find/change box doesn't show the respective option. Restarting InDesign always fixes the issue for me. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 22, 2019 Dec 22, 2019

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Hi arjun2,

also came accross this behavior that option Selection wasn't available.

What helped: Deselect all. Select again.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Explorer ,
Dec 09, 2020 Dec 09, 2020

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This has been happening to me even when i have things selected. First it started in the "text" tab. now i cant search selected anywhere? Having to dump preferences is not viable when you have extensive workspace and short cut key settings its just a pain in the (_._)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 09, 2020 Dec 09, 2020

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Having to dump preferences is not viable when you have extensive workspace and short cut key settings its just a pain […]

Custom wokspaces and shortcut sets are stored in different files than preferences. So, resetting preferences don't make you loose them.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 09, 2020 Dec 09, 2020

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Hi clintp1,

as I said above, try the following:

 

[1] Close the Find/Change panel.

[2] Deselect all.

[3] Select the text again.

[4] Open the Find/Change panel.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Explorer ,
Dec 09, 2020 Dec 09, 2020

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I have....many...many times. even restarted and that worked for about 2 selections. then back to missing again. but available in text search now. about to restart again and see what happens

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Explorer ,
Dec 09, 2020 Dec 09, 2020

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AHHHH ok found a work around. 

If you have selected something and opened the Find/Change panel and there is no "selection" option, use any other option then just apply any small inconcequential change. It will then automatically show 'Selection' and you can continue on your way.

 

well it worked for me anyway. Good luck

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Engaged ,
Jan 17, 2021 Jan 17, 2021

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Tried this trick. Not working in Indesign 2021. v 16.0.1. 

 

arjun2_1-1610884229435.png

 

 

This is such an annoying bug! Deselecting, applying insignificant changes to text, opening a new file, nothing worked . I eventually had to restart InDesign to fix this issue. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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This is a really annoying bug.

For occasions when Selection is missing and nothing brings it back, and you just cannot be bothered to restart InDesign, run the following one-line script. It assumes you have selected something in InDesign and have set up the GREP find/change as needed.

 

app.selection[0].changeGrep();

 

Or, if you want to execute a regular find/change (not GREP), then this:

 

app.selection[0].changeText()

 

This won't bring back the "Selection" option though...

Ariel

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New Here ,
Mar 08, 2021 Mar 08, 2021

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This bug persists in the most current version of InDesign and this thread should definately not be marked "Solved" the only way I get this option to re-appear is to restart InDesign. Frustrating.

 

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