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Simple text variable to populate current Illustrator document file name on my Illustrator artboard.

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Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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I cannot find a script or a function in Illustrator that will create a text box that automatically populates with my current illustrator document file name?

This is very easily done in InDesign by going to the Type menu > Text Variables > Insert Variable > File Name. But this is not available in Illustrator for some reason. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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in the future, to find the best place to post your message, use the list here, https://community.adobe.com/

p.s. i don't think the adobe website, and forums in particular, are easy to navigate, so don't spend a lot of time searching that forum list. do your best and we'll move the post (like this one has already been moved) if it helps you get responses.



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Thanks for sharing this @Monika Gause !

I tried copying the script from that post you referenced (see script below) but I keep getting a syntax error (see screenshot) when I try to import it into Illustrator. It’s very likely I’m doing something wrong – I have very limited experience dealing with scripts. 

Script copied from reference post:

// CODE BEGIN
var pointTextRef = app.activeDocument.textFrames.add();
pointTextRef.contents = app.activeDocument.name;
pointTextRef.top = 20;
pointTextRef.left = 10;
// CODE END 

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Do not save it in Word!

 

Save it with Editor or similar as (plain text) .txt

And then simply rename the extension from .txt to .jsx

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