How to Find and Change Object Attributes in Adobe InDesign

In Brief...

Adobe InDesign's Find/Change function is very versatile. In this example, we'll use Find/Change to change the stroke color on multiple image frames.


  1. From the Edit menu, select Find/Change.
    Find/Change Command in Edit Menu

  2. There are four tabs for categories toward the top of the dialog box. Click Object.
    Object Tab in Find/Change Dialog Box

  3. If you see a button at the right labeled More Options, click it to expand the Find/Change options.
    More Options Button in Find/Change Dialog Box

  4. Toward the bottom of the dialog box, the frame type can be selected by clicking the Type menu.
    Type Menu in Find/Change Dialog Box

  5. Choose the attribute to find by clicking the Specify button next to the Find Object Format field.
    Specify Button Next to Find Object Format Field

  6. In the next dialog box, go to the list at the left to choose the attribute, then choose the attribute's current value. Click OK.
    Find Object Format Options Dialog Box

  7. Back in the Find/Change dialog box, click the Specify button next to the Change Object Format field.
    Specify Button Next to Change Object Format Field

  8. In the Change Object Format Options dialog box, select the attribute at the left, then specify the value to change to. Click OK.
    Change Object Format Options Dialog Box

  9. To change one frame at a time, click Find Next, then click Change/Find to go to the next instance of the attribute. To change the attribute of all frames at once, after clicking Find Next, click Change All.
    Find Change Buttons

  10. If the Change All option is used, a message will appear showing the number of changes made.
    Changes Messages

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