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can you simultaneously change the fill and stroke colors on all occurances of an item that appears multiple times in a document?

Hi Wendy,

You will first need to select all the items - the easiest way is to select one and then use the Select menu to select similar items, or select all if it's everything.

You can then change it. The easier way is to create a Graphic style based on the look you want and then apply it to everything. You can then update and change the Graphic style and everything tagged with it will change instantly.

Here's a video explaining how to do this. Even though the video says CS4, the technique is the same.



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