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Just that. Is there any way to use Placeholders in Google Docs?

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I think you need to explain what you want those Placeholders to do: if they don't do anything, then surely you can just type them in, as per the example? –  MaryC.fromNZ Sep 11 '13 at 10:42
The document is commercial contract for my clients. Every time I fill the document I need to write the name, the address, id, etc. of my client several times in different places of the document. Since the document has 13 pages it is time wasting. Using placeholder would allow me to fill the data just one time. –  chefnelone Sep 12 '13 at 6:03

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You could think of it as a mail-merge field: put merge fields in, and then each time you use the document to generate a contract, just have one row (the current client's details) in the data file. That said Google Documents don't directly support mail merge (yet -but I expect they will sooner or later). However there do appear to be some options - see this help forum article: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/docs/c6NBVY9xDDE

Another option is just to use a (or several) phrases that you are 100% sure won't appear anywhere else in the document (eg [CUST-NAME] ), and then use Edit > Find and replace > Replace all when you are ready to generate a document for a specific client. This is a little more work each time you set up the document, but easier to set up.

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