[JS] CS6+ executeMenuCommand

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Hello together,

since CS6+ there is possible to

executeMenuCommand (menuCommandString: string)

Executes a menu command using the menu shortcut string.

Question 1:

Who knows a way to read all the available commands?

Question 2:

At the time I need 'Clear Guides'

app.executeMenuCommand ('Clear Guides')

app.executeMenuCommand ('Clear guides')

app.executeMenuCommand ('clear Guides')

app.executeMenuCommand ('ClearGuides')

app.executeMenuCommand ('clear guides')

and other variants doesn't work.

Who know the right syntax? (Or is this menu command not available????)

Any help is appreciated. (Additional: I know the way to use app.doScript (myAction) - but this is not part of my questions)

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 12, 2014 Feb 12, 2014
tryapp.executeMenuCommand ('clearguide')and let us know if it works, I don't have CS6 to try

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Explorer , Mar 12, 2014 Mar 12, 2014
Hi guys,I am posting almost complete list of menu commands. Already removed plugin-like commands which does not work at all. Some of the entries are still to be confirmed. There are some entries like for eg. AdobeLayerPalette:- AdobeLayerPalette1 - show on/off layers window- AdobeLayerPalette2 - create new layer with no dialog popup- AdobeLayerPalette3 - create new layer with dialog popupor - AdobeNavigator1 - does not work- AdobeNavigator2 - does not work as well- AdobeNavigator - show on/off n...

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Mentor ,
Feb 12, 2014 Feb 12, 2014

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Hi pixxxel schubser,

1.) There is a link to a list discovered by moluapple in this thread: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4560618

2.) "Clear Guides" does not seem to be one of things listed however? Maybe not all things are able to be targeted? (What a let down that is but no real surprise given AI's scripting deficiencies.))

You could always script it instead as an alternative:

// Remove all guides

var doc = app.activeDocument;

for (var i = doc.pathItems.length-1; i >= 0; i--) {

    var p = doc.pathItems;

    if (p.guides == true) {

        p.remove();

    }

}

Hope something proves useful to your efforts.

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Feb 12, 2014 Feb 12, 2014

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Hi @W_J_T,

I think, your moluapple-link is very helpful for me. Thanx

The scipt isn't useful in my case. In need the function for an „finish script“ to clean all files from different things. And there are, unfortunately, very often several 10000 + objects available in the files. A loop takes too long. Currently I manage myself with a script call action 'Clean Guides' executes. But in every file must be exist at least one guide as minimum. Otherwise I create one guide (in the script) and after then I try {} to call the action. This is cumbersome I know, but it works and it's much more faster than the loop through all items.

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Mentor ,
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You're welcome. You action/script solution sounds good.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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try

app.executeMenuCommand ('clearguide')

and let us know if it works, I don't have CS6 to try

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Feb 13, 2014 Feb 13, 2014

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Hello Carlos Canto,

Hit!

I have tested it today at work with CS6 Win and your string works. (I also don't have CS6 at home.)

Also works:

// turns on the opposite state

app.executeMenuCommand('showguide');

// turns on the opposite state

app.executeMenuCommand('lockguide');

// converts one or more selected guides back into a normal path

// at least one selected guide is required

app.executeMenuCommand('releaseguide');

Thank you very much


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great, you're welcome.

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Mentor ,
Feb 13, 2014 Feb 13, 2014

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CarlosCanto, did you read or have a reference about that (small case + no space) somewhere? Do you guess all menu commands are accessible past the items listed on moluapple's list then? Why Adobe has such a lack of references for there own software is mind boggling to me.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 13, 2014 Feb 13, 2014

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I didn't guess, I remembered Moluapple mentioned in one of his posts when CS6 just came out that Actions record the correct string, so I assume that at least everything that is recordable can get the string harvested...so record your action, export it to file, convert the saved Hex value to string and you're good to go!!

as for why it is not documented, only they know, I think they run out of paper...wait the cloud does not need paper, they run out of toner?, nah, they run out pixels?

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Feb 13, 2014 Feb 13, 2014

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are there any volunteers with CS6 that would like to  make a great contribution to society and complete Moluapple's list?

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Mentor ,
Feb 14, 2014 Feb 14, 2014

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ADOBE EMPLOYEES READING THIS, ENLIGHTEN US WITH AN ACTUAL LIST & PROPER DOCUMENTATION!

CarlosCanto wrote:

are there any volunteers with CS6 that would like to  make a great contribution to society and complete Moluapple's list?

That would be great if someone would. Why there is not a list/reference or code command to extract said list/reference or proper documentation is a complete failure on Adobe's part.

Even if they would have set it up as a logical path reference, that would parse the input regardless of case, etc..

app.executeMenuCommand(select/same/fill color);

Or have it documented and had alternative numbers assigned to all menu items, etc;

app.executeMenuCommand(44); // select/same/fill color

Seems doable to me, then again anything would have been better then the "mystery feature" as it currently stands.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2014 Feb 22, 2014

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Does anyone know how to show the color picker dialog in Illustrator programmatically?

In photoshop that's really easy, just:

     app.showColorPicker(true);

However, in Illustrator I couldn't find any reference to such a method or other possibility to show the dialog you get when double clicking on the fill color square within Illustrator.

Maybe that's possible with app.executeMenuCommand?

thanks for the help!

Dominik

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Explorer ,
Mar 12, 2014 Mar 12, 2014

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Hi guys,

I am posting almost complete list of menu commands.

Already removed plugin-like commands which does not work at all. Some of the entries are still to be confirmed.

There are some entries like for eg. AdobeLayerPalette:

- AdobeLayerPalette1 - show on/off layers window

- AdobeLayerPalette2 - create new layer with no dialog popup

- AdobeLayerPalette3 - create new layer with dialog popup

or

- AdobeNavigator1 - does not work

- AdobeNavigator2 - does not work as well

- AdobeNavigator - show on/off navigator window

You will have to doublecheck for some of these commands. It does not hurt

actualsize

Add Anchor Points2

AddArrowHeads2

Adjust Colors Dialog

Adjust3

Adobe Action Palette

Adobe Actions Batch

Adobe AI Device center

Adobe AI Save For Web

Adobe Apply Last Effect

Adobe Art Style Plugin Other libraries menu item

Adobe Bridge Browse

Adobe BrushManager Menu Item

Adobe Color Palette

Adobe Color Palette Secondary

Adobe Default Workspace

Adobe Flattening Preview

Adobe Gradient Palette

Adobe Harmony Palette

Adobe Illustrator Find Font Menu Item

Adobe Illustrator Smart Punctuation Menu Item

Adobe Last Effect

Adobe LinkPalette Menu Item

Adobe Manage Workspace

Adobe Minimal Workspace

Adobe New Fill Shortcut

Adobe New Stroke Shortcut

Adobe New Style Shortcut

Adobe New Swatch Shortcut Menu

Adobe New Symbol Shortcut

Adobe Optical Alignment Item

Adobe Paragraph Styles Palette

Adobe Save a Version

Adobe Save Workspace

Adobe Stroke Palette

Adobe Style Palette

Adobe SVG Interactivity Palette

Adobe Swatches Menu Item

Adobe Symbol Palette

Adobe Symbol Palette Plugin Other libraries menu item

Adobe Transparency Palette Menu Item

Adobe Update Link Shortcut

Adobe Variables Palette Menu Item

AdobeAlignObjects2

AdobeBrushMgr Other libraries menu item

AdobeBuiltInToolbox1

AdobeCheatSheetMenu

AdobeLayerPalette1

AdobeLayerPalette2

AdobeLayerPalette3

AdobeNavigator1

AdobeNavigator2

AdobePathfinderPalette1

AdobeSwatch_ Other libraries menu item

AdobeTransformObjects1

AI Bounding Box Toggle

AI Magic Wand

AI Object Mosaic Plug-in3

AI Place

AI Reset Bounding Box

ai_browse_for_script

AISlice Clip to Artboard

AISlice Combine

AISlice Create from Guides

AISlice Create from Selection

AISlice Delete All Slices

AISlice Divide

AISlice Duplicate

AISlice Feedback Menu

AISlice Lock Menu

AISlice Make Slice

AISlice Release Slice

AISlice Slice Options

alternate glyph palette plugin

alternate glyph palette plugin 2

Appearance of Black 1

Apply Last Filter

areatextoptions

arrangeicon

artboard

assignprofile

average

avgAndJoin

bringAllToFront

Brush Strokes menu item

cascade

centerAlign

Character Styles

Check Spelling

cleanup menu item

clear

clearguide

clearTrack

clearTypeScale

Clipping Masks menu item

close

closeAll

color

Colors3

Colors4

Colors5

Colors6

Colors7

Colors8

Colors9

compoundPath

control palette plugin

convertlegacyText

convertlegacyText1

convertlegacyText2

convertlegacyText3

convertlegacyText4

copy

Create Envelope Grid

cut

Define Pattern Menu Item

deselectall

discretHyphen

Distort2

doc-color-cmyk

doc-color-rgb

DocInfo1

document

DropShadow2

Dynamic Text

edge

Edit Custom Dictionary...

Edit Envelope Contents

editGraphData

editMask

EditOriginal Menu Item

editview

enterFocus

Envelope Options

exitFocus

Expand as Viewed

Expand Envelope

Expand Planet X

Expand Tracing

Expand3

expandStyle

export

faceSizeDown

faceSizeUp

File Handling & Clipboard 1

File Info

Find and Replace

Find Blending Mode menu item

Find Fill & Stroke menu item

Find Fill Color menu item

Find Link Block Series menu item

Find Next

Find Opacity menu item

Find Reselect menu item

Find Stroke Color menu item

Find Stroke Weight menu item

Find Style menu item

Find Symbol Instance menu item

fitall

fitHeadline

fitin

Flash Text

FlattenTransparency1

Gradient Feedback

graphDesigns

group

guidegridPref

helpcontent

hide

hide2

hideApp

hideOthers

highlightFont

highlightFont2

hyphenPref

ink

Input Text

internal palettes posing as plug-in menus-attributes

internal palettes posing as plug-in menus-character

internal palettes posing as plug-in menus-info

internal palettes posing as plug-in menus-opentype

internal palettes posing as plug-in menus-paragraph

internal palettes posing as plug-in menus-tab

Inverse menu item

join

justify

justifyAll

justifyCenter

justifyRight

KBSC Menu Item

keyboardPref

Knife Tool2

Last Filter

leftAlign

Live 3DExtrude

Live 3DRevolve

Live 3DRotate

Live AddArrowHeads2

Live Color Dialog

Live Deform Arc

Live Deform Arc Lower

Live Deform Arc Upper

Live Deform Arch

Live Deform Bulge

Live Deform Fish

Live Deform Fisheye

Live Deform Flag

Live Deform Inflate

Live Deform Rise

Live Deform Shell Lower

Live Deform Shell Upper

Live Deform Squeeze

Live Deform Twist

Live Deform Wave

Live DropShadow2

Live Ellipse

Live Feather

Live Free Distort

Live Inner Glow

Live Offset Path

Live Outer Glow

Live Outline Object

Live Outline Stroke

Live Pathfinder Add

Live Pathfinder Crop

Live Pathfinder Divide

Live Pathfinder Exclude

Live Pathfinder Hard Mix

Live Pathfinder Intersect

Live Pathfinder Merge

Live Pathfinder Minus Back

Live Pathfinder Outline

Live Pathfinder Soft Mix

Live Pathfinder Subtract

Live Pathfinder Trap

Live Pathfinder Trim

Live Pucker & Bloat

Live Rasterize

Live Rasterize Effect Setting

Live Rectangle

Live Roughen

Live Round3

Live Rounded Rectangle

Live Scribble and Tweak

Live Scribble Fill

Live Transform

Live Twist

Live Zig Zag

lock

lock2

lockguide

LowerCase Change Case Item

Make and Convert to Live Paint

Make and Expand

Make Envelope

make mesh

Make Planet X

Make Text Wrap

Make Tracing

Make Warp

makeguide

makeMask

Marge Planet X

minimizeWindow

navigateToNextDocument

navigateToNextDocumentGroup

navigateToPreviousDocument

navigateToPreviousDocumentGroup

new

newFromTemplate

newview

newwindow

noCompoundPath

OffsetPath2

OffsetPath3

open

outline

Overprint2

pagetiling

Paint Tracing

paste

pasteBack

pasteFront

pasteInAllArtboard

pasteInPlace

Path Blend Expand

Path Blend Make

Path Blend Options

Path Blend Release

Path Blend Replace Spine

Path Blend Reverse Spine

Path Blend Reverse Stack

PDF Presets

Planet X Options

pluginPref

preference

preview

Print

Print Presets

proofColors

proof-custom

proof-document

proof-mac-rgb

proof-monitor-rgb

proof-win-rgb

Punk2

quit

raster

Rasterize 8 menu item

redo

Registration...

Release Envelope

Release Planet X

Release Text Wrap

Release Tracing

releaseCropMarks

releaseguide

releaseMask

releaseThreadedTextSelection

Remove Anchor Points menu

removeThreading

repeatPathfinder

Replace Colors Dialog

revert

rightAlign

Roughen3

Round3

Rows and Columns....

ruler

rulerCoordinateSystem

Saturate3

save

Save for Office

saveacopy

saveas

saveasTemplate

Scribble3

selectall

selectallinartboard

Selection Hat 1

Selection Hat 10

Selection Hat 11

Selection Hat 2

Selection Hat 3

Selection Hat 4

Selection Hat 5

Selection Hat 6

Selection Hat 7

Selection Hat 8

Selection Hat 9

selectionPref

sendBackward

sendForward

sendToBack

sendToFront

Sentence case Change Case Item

setBarDesign

setCropMarks

setGraphStyle

setIconDesign

Show Gaps Planet X

Show Perspective Grid

Show Preprocessed Image

showAll

showAllWindows

ShowArtwork

showgrid

showguide

showHiddenChar

ShowNoArtwork

ShowNoImage

ShowOriginalImage

ShowPaths

ShowPathsAndTransparentArtwork

showtemplate

ShowTransparentImage

simplify menu item

sizeStepDown

sizeStepUp

snapgrid

Snapomatic on-off menu item

snappoint

snapPref

spacing

Stray Points menu item

Style Palette

SWFPresets

switchSelTool

switchUnits

systemInfo

Text Objects menu item

Text Wrap Options...

textpathtype3d

textpathtypeGravity

textpathtypeOptions

textpathtypeRainbow

textpathtypeSkew

textpathtypestairs

textthreads

threadTextCreate

tile

Title Case Change Case Item

toggleAutoHyphen

toggleLineComposer

Tracing Options

TracingPresets

tracking

Transform3

transformagain

transformmove

transformreflect

transformrotate

transformscale

transformshear

Transparency Presets

TransparencyGrid Menu Item

TrimMark2

Twirl Tool2

type-horizontal

type-vertical

undo

ungroup

unitundoPref

unlockAll

UpperCase Change Case Item

userInterfacePref

view1

view10

view2

view3

view4

view5

view6

view7

view8

view9

Welcome screen menu item

ZigZag2

zoomin

zoomin2

zoomout

Have fun

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Do you know if any of these will show the color picker dialog of Illustrator that you get when clicking on the rectangles (tool bar) to change the fill / stroke color?

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Mar 12, 2014 Mar 12, 2014

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Thank you for the list. It seems to be complete.

Did you extracted the keywords from Keyboard Shortcuts.kys?

______________________________

Dominik Guzei wrote:

Do you know if any of these will show the color picker dialog of Illustrator that you get when clicking on the rectangles (tool bar) to change the fill / stroke color?

Sorry, but unfortunately I haven't CS6+ here at home and my english isn't the best.

Perhaps you try:

Adjust Colors Dialog

or

Adjust3

But I do not think this is the right one.

Otherwise I'm sure you can work with:

Adobe Color Palette

and

Adobe Color Palette Secondary

instead.

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Thanks! It seems the dialog I am looking for is not yet supported. There is also no keyboard shortcut you could setup to open it in Illustrator.

The best you can get for now is $.colorPicker() which opens the OS native color picker … not exactly the best UX but still better than "just" bringing some panels to the foreground that are eventually correctly configured 😉

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Mar 13, 2014 Mar 13, 2014

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Nice job ZenekDemar, what method did you use to extract your list?

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Mar 20, 2014 Mar 20, 2014

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unfortunately I can't tell

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May 10, 2015 May 10, 2015

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Just dumping these in this post, as I refer to this quite often.

app.executeMenuCommand ('OffsetPath v22'); = Outline Stroke

app.executeMenuCommand ('OffsetPath v23'); = Offset Path

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May 13, 2015 May 13, 2015

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Has anyone found the "Unite Shape Mode" menu command?

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May 13, 2015 May 13, 2015

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app.executeMenuCommand ('group');

app.executeMenuCommand ('Live Pathfinder Add');

app.executeMenuCommand ('expandStyle');

this should do what you want...

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May 13, 2015 May 13, 2015

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that's helpful, thanks for sharing

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May 16, 2015 May 16, 2015

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CarlosCanto, You are welcome.

However, Its not complete list as you see. Today, I added Artboards manipuration command list.

I'll update if i found something new like today.

Ten

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Dec 08, 2015 Dec 08, 2015

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Adding to this helpful post a couple of things I've found:

Selection Hat 3 is Select > Object > All on Same Layers

Planet X is Live Paint, Ten_A knew this already in his reference table.

Most of these can be obtained from checking out the .kys saved shortcut keys file and in those non-obvious cases, assigning a key to the menu item, saving the keyboard shortcuts and finding the key char code to narrow down the list of possible items.

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