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How to get whether the Find/Change window is visible or hidden in ExtendScript

Community Expert ,
Mar 26, 2024 Mar 26, 2024

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Hi there, 

I want the Find/Change window visible.
I was going to use the menu action to display the Find/Change window, but this toggles it. I would not want to close the window.
Is there a great way to do this?

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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Hi @ajabon grinsmith I don't think we have that capability in Extendscript. I am not sure how one would do that even in C++ SDK. We have a panels object in the DOM but that does not have Find/Change as far as I remember, because this is a dialog maybe

-Manan

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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Hi @Manan Joshi Thanks, I am asking the question knowing that.
I often encounter examples where I think I know something is impossible, but there is some surprising solution.
I should have written this first.

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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Hi @ajabon grinsmith ,

the only thing I can imagine is to add an event listener to the menu command to count if Find/Change is opened, closed etc.

 

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Uwe Laubender
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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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Hi @Laubender Thanks, to provide this in a single jsx, the user needs to be aware that the ind/Change is visible or hidden when the script is executed. But I see good possibilities.

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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You can also probably do something like this (although this will require to toggle the Find window at least once):

 

-Have a text frame with text tool active

-Invoke the Find/Change menu

-Invoke a keystroke (a single key, for example)

-Check your frame contents: it won't change if you've just opened the Find window (the keystroke will go into the Find what field) and vice versa.

 

 

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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Hi @leo.r This is another interesting idea. Thanks.
However, I don't expect it to work well if the active tab is anything other than either Text or Grep.

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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Thats a good idea @Laubender but we can open the dialog using shortcuts ctrl+f and then close it using the escape key will this be trapped by the menu event handler? I doubt

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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Oh, maybe...
"command + F", "esc" to confirm the hidden status at any time?

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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Oh, maybe...
"command + F", "esc" to confirm the hidden status at any time?


By @ajabon grinsmith

 

That's a good idea. But since you want it visible you probably need the esc > Cmd-F sequence which will guarantee the window is open.

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Mar 27, 2024 Mar 27, 2024

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This is still in the testing phase so I am only processing macOS only.

 

var escKey = 'tell application \"System Events\"\r key code 53\r	end tell'
var cmdF = 'tell application \"System Events\"\r	key code 3 using command down\r	end tell';

var doc = app.activeDocument;
var sel = doc.selection;
doc.stories[-1].insertionPoints[-1].select();

doAS(escKey);
doAS(cmdF);
doAS(escKey);
doAS(cmdF);

doc.selection = sel;

function doAS(str){
    app.doScript (str, ScriptLanguage.APPLESCRIPT_LANGUAGE);
}

 

I believe this logic is adequate, but perhaps there is a synchronization issue resulting in occasional errors. Setting a delay somewhere might help stabilize it.

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Mar 28, 2024 Mar 28, 2024

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Hey hi, you can find by trying command.

var findChangeWindow = app.findChangeGrepOptions;
var isWindowVisible = findChangeWindow.properties.panelOptions.visible;

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Mar 28, 2024 Mar 28, 2024

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Is this written by ChatGPT or others?

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Mar 28, 2024 Mar 28, 2024

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Hi @ajabon grinsmith , Is the check for the find and change dialog part of a larger script? What happens when you confirm that the dialog is open?

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Mar 28, 2024 Mar 28, 2024

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Hi @rob day 

Some of my scripting refer to the set value InDesign's Find/Change GREP setting.
I consider this very reasonable, although there is a risk that the display will be filled with windows momentarily.
And as one user said." If the Find/Change window is not open, I accidentally forget to set it."
I thought to myself, "This is stupid, but there is a big difference between not responding to user requests and not responding to user requests, so I am planning to see if I can open the Find/Change window at the same time the ScriptUI appears.

In fact, it won't make much sense unless the GREP tab is active in addition, but this is the first step in that direction.
Best regards.

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Mar 28, 2024 Mar 28, 2024

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so I am planning to see if I can open the Find/Change window at the same time the ScriptUI appears.

 

Couldn’t you add your own find and change fields to your ScriptUI dialog?

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Mar 28, 2024 Mar 28, 2024

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Here’s a simple example:

 

var f, c;
makeDialog();
function makeDialog(){
    var theDialog = app.dialogs.add({name:"Find and Change", canCancel:true});
    with(theDialog.dialogColumns.add()){
        staticTexts.add({staticLabel:"Find:"});
        staticTexts.add({staticLabel:"Change:"});
    }
    with(theDialog.dialogColumns.add()){
        f = textEditboxes.add({minWidth:200});
        c = textEditboxes.add({minWidth:200});
    }

    if(theDialog.show()){
        app.findGrepPreferences.findWhat = f.editContents;
        app.changeGrepPreferences.changeTo = c.editContents;
        theDialog.destroy();
	}
}

 

 

The script dialog with ID’s Find and Change closed:

Screen Shot 20.png

 

Then, after clicking OK if I open Find /Change I can see the script populated the Find What: and Change To: GREP fields:

 

Screen Shot 21.png

 

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Mar 28, 2024 Mar 28, 2024

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@rob day Thanks for the code.
I don't want to manipulate the Find/Change window, I just want to get the values.
Since the values I want to get is not only findWhat, changeTo, but also AppliedParagraphStyle and other options, it is not easy to implement everything I need in ScripUI.
In addition, the implementation of a pulldown to select each style is very demanding, considering the case where the user switches the active document while the ScripUI is displayed.

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Mar 29, 2024 Mar 29, 2024

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I just want to get the values

 

Not sure I’m completely following— if you manage to ensure F&C is open and set to the GREP tab, how will you get the values when the user changes them? Via some kind of listener? You can get the current findGrepPreference properties whether the window is open or closed, but how will you know when they have been changed?

 

This gets the Paragraph Style value whether F&C is open or closed:

 

 

alert("Find Paragraph Style is set to: " + app.findGrepPreferences.appliedParagraphStyle)

 

 

Screen Shot 29.png

Screen Shot 30.png

 

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Mar 31, 2024 Mar 31, 2024

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Values can be retrieved at any time. But it is each user who sets the values.
This requirement was based on a consultation with one user who said, "I sometimes run scripts while forgetting to set various settings in the Find/Change window."
The user believed that the user forgot the settings because the Find/Change window was not open.

Maybe I need to rethink my solution anyway.

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Values can be retrieved at any time. But it is each user who sets the values.
This requirement was based on a consultation with one user who said, "I sometimes run scripts while forgetting to set various settings in the Find/Change window."
The user believed that the user forgot the settings because the Find/Change window was not open.

Maybe I need to rethink my solution anyway.


By @ajabon grinsmith

 

In that case there is an extremely simple solution - warning at the beginning of your script(s) - "Have you set Find/Change settings?" and two buttons - "Yes" & "No" - problem solved and no excuses from user...

 

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Apr 01, 2024 Apr 01, 2024

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Yes, I understand. I was going to make that a "last resort".
No technological advances there.

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Yes, I understand. I was going to make that a "last resort".
No technological advances there.


By @ajabon grinsmith

 

But it should've been your "first resort". 

 

User can always say that the dialog is in wrong place or something. 

 

With this message - there are no excuses and it's a best reminder. 

 

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Apr 01, 2024 Apr 01, 2024

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This argument produces nothing. It is futile.
I wrote "I understand". No further mention is needed.


What I want to pursue in this thread is what I stated in the title. That hope is very small.
It is by no means a matter of if this cannot be achieved.
However, I have had some experience with tricky solutions to processes that were hopeless on the DOM.
Isn't that kind of exploration fun?

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Isn't that kind of exploration fun?


By @ajabon grinsmith

 

Yes, but in this case - not possible.

 

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