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Questions about the automation and extending of functionality through the use of scripts within Adobe InDesign.

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How to change paragraph composer using script?

Is there a script command that can reassign the adobe paragraph composer to 'World paragraph composer'? The InDesign ExtendScript API(12.0) does not seem to have a command. I basically want to ...
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InDesign plug-in for random text variations in size and position

I'm trying to typeset a book with an "old" / "handmade" look, with little irregularities, shuffled up kerning and spacing, letters that are slightly unaligned, and so on. More or less like in this ...
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Finding and replacing footnotes inside punctuation

Is there any way of finding and replacing footnotes inside punctuation with the same number footnote outside the punctuation? I don't mind doing separate find and replaces for all conceivable types of ...
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InDesign / Delete entire line if field is empty

I'm working on automating donations and was wondering if, when using Data Merge, it is possible on export to auto remove a line, if those fields don't have any data in them. Per example, After Data ...
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How do I add a number of days to a GREP date in InDesign?

I'm building an invoice template, and I'd like to have a field for the due date automatically be set to two or three weeks from the date modified. Is this possible in InDesign?
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import CSV content to InDesign document with script

I have a Daily Planner (400+ pages) created in InDesign. Each daily page has date. The 365 daily pages start from page 17 to 382 in my InDesign document. I figured it would be better to add weekday to ...
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Indesign convert numbers in chart to page number hyperlinks

I am building a catalog in Indesign. This catalog has a specification chart that encompasses many pages. The last column in that chart includes page numbers so that viewers can reference back to that ...
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Adobe Indesign: How to measure the width of a word?

Is it possible to measure the width of a word in some way? (via Javascript code, or a built-in software option)?
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Grepping with app.findGrepPreferences.appliedFont fails for Walkman-Chanakya-905 (TT)

I have InDesign JavaScript code that replaces strings of specific fonts. Tt works (mostly) including for appliedFont values containing spaces and dashes e.g. Walkman-Chanakya-905, Devlys 180 Thin:- ...
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Why does InDesign search not begin at beginning?

I am using a script to copy sequential lines from an input text file into an InDesign document. I have used the script a number of times with no problems. var fi = new File("C:/Documents/input.txt") ...
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Extracting InDesign layer names to text or .csv

How can I extract a list of all layer names into either a text or .csv file.? What Acrobat or scripting tools are available to do this task? The list will be used to create a table communicating to ...
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How do I detect an empty text frame with hidden data frame markers?

I have been using the DeleteEmptyFrames.jsx script from the interwebz and it works in text frames containing nothing, but fails when the frame had a data merge field that contained no data when ...
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How can I export a PDF from InDesign with Javascript?

I want to find a script (preferably Javascript) and all it needs to do is export a PDF to a specific folder that I can set the path for in the script. Does anyone know of a script that might have ...
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How to change tables and cells styles all at once by using Java script?

How to change tables and cells styles all at once by using Java script? I want a dialogue box to enter stroke weight. Thank you
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InDesign script targeting specific text frames

I have an InDesign document with ~550 pages. On an every page, there are 4 frames. All the pages look the same (see image below). I'm using CS6. I'm new to scripting and a little lost here. I need ...
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Data Merge 7 barcodes on 1 page 4000 times

I have to place 7 different barcodes on to 1 page but then they run 4000 times sequentially. I tried to use scripts such as ImagesToCSV, but the images don't link when merged. Other option is to ...
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Automating assignment of buttons path

I have document with multiple buttons that must open files. I found script thdt works by searching for button names in InDesign file and then assigning a URL that matches from a data table on the ...
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InDesign script to insert pages between existing ones

I try to create a very simple script that adds one page after every existing page of the document and applies one of the masters to it. Unfortunately I have a problem with referencing objects in ...
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Indesign script: Replace grep-found text with image

Disclaimer: I am new to Indesign scripting, please bear with me I am looking for a marker" in a text, enclosed in brackets. I use grep for this, as I don't know the length of my marker app....
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InDesign script that generates percentages as page numbers

Does anybody know of a script that could calculate percentages within an InDesign document? To clarify - I want to use this essentially as a page number: page 5 of 10 would be 50%, for example. If no ...
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How to renumber static numbers in InDesign CS6

I have a series of static numbers in my InDesign CS6 document (e.g. 256, 257, 258, 259...). All numbers have a given character style (i.e. Footnote). I would like to find the numbers and renumber ...
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Automatically Resetting the Current Workspace on Startup

I'm looking for a way to force InDesign to reset its current workspace when I start the program. I have created the jsx script below and placed it into the startup scripts folder. It does a great job ...
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How can I test and apply certain changes to all documents in a book file?

I have a book file with around 75 documents amounting to 1927 pages. All of these documents contain the same paragraph style 'Body'. My first question is: How can I "test" a change in 'Body' to all ...
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How to apply specific object style to textFrames, those starting with anchored graphic frame?

I have a document (InDesign CS6) with a story, using text frames as placeholders. These text frames all have a graphic frame as first paragraph, going on with some other paragraphs with text. Now, i ...
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InDesign FindChangeByList Search for Text in a Style

Simple question: What is the Javascript syntax for adding a Paragraph or Character Style to a search in the FindChangeByList.txt file? As in: grep {findWhat:"Anything", findStyle"Bolder"} Thank you....
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InDesign CC FindChangeByList How do you remove a style?

This should be really simple and is probably some documentation I can't find. I need to remove a Character style from a query. I've tried the following that do not work: {CharacterStyle.remove} {...
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Does anyone know of a script to sort words in single a paragraph alphabetically?

There is a standard script to sort multiple paragraphs alphabetically in InDesign, but I am looking for a script to sort words within a single paragraph alphabetically. Does anyone know of such a ...
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How can I restart footnote numbering every chapter?

Each chapter begins with a title 'Chapter 1; ...' I've given every chapter title the same paragraph style. Now, I have multiple footnotes in each chapter. I'm aware I can choose to number footnotes ...
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How can I automate correcting broken up words?

I have copy-pasted a large text into InDesign. The problem is that a lot of words got broken up, so for example a text might look like this: As descri bed below, we collect i nformation from and ...
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Does someone know of a script to automatically put specific texts as footnote text?

A little while ago I made this post. Because of that I can automate placing footnote references where they are needed. Now the problem is that the actual footnote texts are just placed randomly in the ...
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How do I automate placing footnote references in specific places?

I'm working on a book and I have to format a lot of .pdf text in InDesign as part of the book. A lot of formatting problems can be fixed using GREP. However, I don't think it's possible to use GREP to ...
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In script, get paragraph preceding current selection

I've made a script that goes trough all tracked changes: var allChanges =app.activeDocument.stories.everyItem().changes.everyItem().getElements(); var nChanges = allChanges.length; for (var i = ...
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Unlock page item InDesign without breaking thread

I have tried to override page items in InDesign page. In master page the text frames are threaded while I try to override master page items in the first page of the InDesign document the frame thread ...
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Script to Change Table Style - InDesign CC

I have an InDesign CC 2018 document which I imported a docx file. The file contains a lot of tables. I want to apply a table style to all of the tables, but we are talking hundreds of tables. Is ...
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InDesign script to replace all fonts in a document

I realize that this can be done with the find font dialogue box but I have too many files that require this text update to make that method practical. I've tried tinkering around with GREP but I'm ...
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How could I use a slug in InDesign as a digital client sign off?

I'm hoping to find a solution for a digital client sign off on artwork by using the digital signature feature in Acrobat but I'm hoping to be able to have this automatically set up in InDesign so I ...
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InDesign script to remove auto-sizing option from specific text frame

I'm trying to write an ExtendScript script for InDesign to automatically generate a catalogue, which will be based on an inputted XML file. As by now, I'm defining different page types for different ...
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In InDesign, How to apply an Object Style to the frames those has same specific link image?

Is it possible to force indesign search for frames by their links and apply a specified object style to them? Any Script will appreciated!
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Search for a specific value of an object in InDesign

I need to look up all images within several pages of my InDesign CC2018 document which containers have a negative (-100%) value of the y-scale AND a specific negative value (-40%) of the image itself. ...
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Indesign - importing images via xml

I have imported several tags to import an image using the following code: <link href="C:\Users\39875\Pictures\Screenpresso\test.png"></link> However the created the image is quite large. ...
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indesign script - output textframe onto active document

In my indesign document i have around 250 pages, each of which contain 1 table (1 per page). What i am trying to do is: Get the value of the top row of each table Retrieve the first letter of the ...
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Indesign - remove empty cells from table

I have imported XML which contains nested tables and have created a script to remove all empty cells which is as: var myDocument = app.activeDocument; for(var i=myDocument.textFrames.length-1; i>=...
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InDesign: how to remove everything between square brackets

I have a script to find all textframes in a document, and do a regular expression to remove (if contains) all text inside square brackets. For example the text frame might contain: "Lorem ipsum ...
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Indesign Script - output xml content as textframes [closed]

Is there a way of looping through xml tags and output each tag onto a new page of an indesign document Here is what i have so far but i think i am way off: var myDocument = app.activeDocument; var ...
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Script to apply two cell style in single row [closed]

I frequently work on financial document more than 100 tables, I come across tables where there are four cell styles Thick rule Left aligned (For first cell in a random row) Thick rule right aligned ...
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InDesign Script to create URLs

Is there a script to use within InDesign so it finds a URL within textframes and it turns it into a hyperlink? As I am aware, to create a hyperlink within InDesign requires you to right click and ...
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Script to resize InDesign page to fit content

I'm wanting to use ExtendScript javascript to loop through each page of an Adobe InDesign document and change the size of the page to match the visible bounds of all the objects on that page. I'll ...
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InDesign to Photoshop Process [closed]

I have this Script to distribute objects to its own layers. var mySels = app.selection.length; if (mySels == 0) { alert("Select the object and Run the script"); exit(0) } else { while (...
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Why is the Indesign Scripts panel suddenly not sorted alphabetically? [closed]

The Scripts panel in Indesign is sorted alphabetically by filename. Suddenly, the scripts seem to be ordered randomly in the panel. This gets quite unefficient when trying to quickly find correct ...
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InDesign: How break a story from a text frame in two part? Any Scripts?

Is there a way to break a story by selecting a text frame and split it in two? There is two scripts which they called and do as: BreakFrame (shipped by application and is in the sample): This scripts ...