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How to search / filter objects by name in Layers panel?

Explorer ,
Sep 20, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

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Is there any way exists for filter (via typing substring) list of all document objects in Adobe Illustrator Layers panel? For quick find and select objects with same word in name.

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Community Expert , Sep 23, 2018 Sep 23, 2018

Yes, possible with scripting.

Here you go:

// select_byPartOfName.jsx

// does not work with 'automatically' named text frame items

// https://forums.adobe.com/message/10636405#10636405

var aDoc = app.activeDocument;

var pI = aDoc.pageItems;

aDoc.selection = null;

    $.writeln(pI.length)

for (i=pI.length-1; i>=0; i--) {

    $.writeln(pI.name.match(/test/i))

    if (pI.name.match(/test/i) != null) {

        pI.selected = true;

        }

    }

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Community Expert ,
Sep 22, 2018 Sep 22, 2018

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As far as I can tell, the only way to accomplish this would be with a script. I did find one online, but it seems to be a work in progress. I'm not a scripting expert, but perhaps someone on this forum would be more adept in writing something like that. I'd find it helpful, as well!


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Sep 23, 2018 Sep 23, 2018

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Yes, possible with scripting.

Here you go:

// select_byPartOfName.jsx

// does not work with 'automatically' named text frame items

// https://forums.adobe.com/message/10636405#10636405

var aDoc = app.activeDocument;

var pI = aDoc.pageItems;

aDoc.selection = null;

    $.writeln(pI.length)

for (i=pI.length-1; i>=0; i--) {

    $.writeln(pI.name.match(/test/i))

    if (pI.name.match(/test/i) != null) {

        pI.selected = true;

        }

    }

select_byPartOfName.png

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Explorer ,
Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

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Thanks for so short but very useful script! Will be good to have build-in object filter in Adobe Illustrator interface, for example in bottom line of Objects panel.

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Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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agree, it would be great to be able to customize the UI but it is not possible at the moment.

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Jan 20, 2019 Jan 20, 2019

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Jun 04, 2020 Jun 04, 2020

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Can someone explain step-by-step to a scripting newbie how to use this? I was able to make the script file have it appear in the scripts file, but when I select it I get an error:

Error 1302: No such element / $.writeln(pI.name.match(/test/i))

So obviously I'm not using it right. It looks like the key is with the "test" in the code, but I don't really understand if this is a string or a variable or what. I tried changing "test" to a word that appeared in some layer names, but I still got that error (with the new string substituted for "test").
Can someone offer help here?

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Jun 05, 2020 Jun 05, 2020

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You are right.

 

It is a known bug. The change to the new forum software removed parts of code ( mostly the counter "i" )

 

Try this version:

// select_byPartOfName.jsx
// does not work with 'automatically' named text frame items
// https://forums.adobe.com/message/10636405#10636405

var aDoc = app.activeDocument;
var pI = aDoc.pageItems;
aDoc.selection = null;
for (i=pI.length-1; i>=0; i--) {
	if (pI[i].name.match(/test/i) != null) {
		pI[i].selected = true;
		}
	}

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 24, 2018 Sep 24, 2018

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moved to Illustrator Scripting

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New Here ,
Mar 20, 2023 Mar 20, 2023

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I have a very good idea:

you could just open the svg in a text editor and then pattern search there. Cannot filter... but IntelliJ does the trick for searching with complex regexes

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