non-contigious text selections
I'm absolutely amazed that a product (inDesign) with the power to do everything from making a cup of coffee to managing the invasion of a small African republic does not provide a user with the ability to select non-contigious text. Given the value of this as a feature, I can only assume that it has been requested many times over but that Adobe has deemed it not important enough to warrant inclusion. Surely it is a rather simple coding exercise to include this.
I write books using inDesign and I waste many hours selecting different text items and making the same changes to each of them.
Can you please take the time to tell me why this feature is not justified and/or when you might be able to include this?
Personally, I have wondered exactly the same thing, the benefit of this is saving time Scott!! And in case you accidentally clicked and lost your selection, the program is advanced enough that it should have the option to save your last selection!!!!
Another thing that bugs me is highlighting, why the **** can't we highlight text directly!!! I sometimes feel that word is more advanced than Indesign and I can work with it much faster, only that it doesn't have all the features Indesign has!! THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING to be honest I am disappointed with it!!
Scott Falkner | ACP commented
I don’t see any value in this. Select text, select, text, select text, etc. Then apply character style. I don’t see any benefit of that workflow over applying the character style to each selection. For every application of the character style (one keyword shortcut) you would need to use a modifier key to extend the selection, meaning you aren’t really saving any time. Further, I find when I have multiple non-contiguous selections, like when I’m selecting photos in Photos or Lightroom I get uncomfortable with large selections because I know one accidental click and I’ll lose my selection.
What you want can be accomplished already using the steps mentioned above or GREP.