How to Find and Change Text in Adobe InDesign

In Brief...

InDesign's Find/Change function works similarly to the find and replace function in other software. The following six steps show how to find and change text in Adobe InDesign.


  1. Go to the Edit menu and choose Find/Change.
    Find/Change in Edit Menu

  2. In the Text tab of the dialog box, type the text to be changed in the Find what field.
    Find/Change Dialog Box

  3. Enter the new text to be used for replacement in the Change to field.
    Find/Change Dialog Box

  4. Click the Search menu to set the search parameters.
    Search Menu in Find/Change Dialog Box

  5. Click the Find Next button at the right to start the search.
    Find Next Button in Find/Change Dialog Box

  6. After the first instance is found, there are three choices:
    • Change will change only the current instance and not advance from there. Find Next would need to be clicked again to continue the search.
    • Change All changes every instance within the search parameters.
    • Change/Find changes the current instance and then finds the next instance.

    Change Buttons in Find/Change Dialog Box

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical, and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her class. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint to produce a fully-developed and cohesive brand identity.