Placeholder Names

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by sheldonnbbaker, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. sheldonnbbaker macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    Hello everyone,

    New Mac user here - love it. :D

    Anyways - started using Pages and was wondering if there is a way to define major strings that I would use often?

    For example, I'm drafting up a contract here and it involves me putting the client's name in there about 50 times. So, is there a way to simply say "I want this field to be 'Bob' instead of 'Sam'.

    I know Office has a similar feature - hoping iWork does too.

  2. millap macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2007
    United Kingdom
    I normally just use a Standard search & replace for this type of thing as it seems to be available in most applications. The trick to making it work reliably is to encase your placeholder text in triangular brackets, i.e. <Sam>.

    That way you can do a global search for <Sam> and it would ignore 'Samantha' and then replace all instances with with Bob.
  3. sheldonnbbaker thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    Hmmm...was hoping to not have to do that, but I guess it's the only way.

    Thanks. :)

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