A Script to Apply Cell Styles Based on Content
In a recent browse through the InDesign Scripting Forum, I came across another little gem, a script you can use to apply cell styles based on the content within those cells. You can get the script here. You’ll need to open it in a script/text editor and make a couple changes to match your needs, but it’s pretty simple.
I can imagine all kinds of uses for this script. For example, you could apply a different style to cells containing negative numbers, to highlight losses in a financial table, saving you the drudgery (and potential mistakes) of finding and formatting them manually.
To tailor the script to your needs, just change the findWhat value inside the quotes in line 3 (the default is Banana), to what you’re looking for. And then change the appliedCellStyle value in line 10 to the name of the cell style you want to apply (the default is Yellow).
In this case, I want to find all cells containing a minus sign and apply the cell style Loss, which fills the cell with red and changes the paragraph style applied to the text in the cell.
The script searches the whole document, so you don’t need to select anything prior to running it.
Note that the script will remove overrides to the cell style.
Also in the scripting forums you can find a script to apply a table style based on content here.
I love how scripts can make InDesign smarter and save you so much time—which could be better spent on building your dream Smoothies-n-Sashimi stand!