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Script for copying text from one text box into five other text boxes

Community Beginner ,
Jan 18, 2024 Jan 18, 2024

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Hi

I need a script which allows me to write some text in a text box, and then it automatically copies the same text into five other text boxes when the script is run.

I wondered if each text box has an “object name” or an “object number” or some other identifier which might help with the script – but I cannot find any way to do this.

My InDesign scripting skills are at the novice stage and I don't know how to do this - or if it is even possible to do. Can anyone help please?

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Community Expert , Jan 18, 2024 Jan 18, 2024

Well, using the content collector/placer you'll have to do a lot of clicking, which is made more awkward if the frames aren't on the same spread.

 

A simple script is much more convenient, especially if you assign a keyboard shortcut to it.

 

First, label the text frames on the Layers panel. I used one, two, three, etc. To label a frame, select it, then do a slow double-click on its name in the panel. Unlabelled frames have some text in angle brackets.

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Save the document. Then place the cursor

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Community Expert , Jan 18, 2024 Jan 18, 2024

No worries, Les. This link will tell you all:

 

https://creativepro.com/how-to-install-scripts-in-indesign/

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Why do you need a script if a native function of InDesign is doing that?

Use the the contents tools:

  • Content Collector Tool
  • Content Placer Tool
  • Convoyer Panel with the available options.

 

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Well, using the content collector/placer you'll have to do a lot of clicking, which is made more awkward if the frames aren't on the same spread.

 

A simple script is much more convenient, especially if you assign a keyboard shortcut to it.

 

First, label the text frames on the Layers panel. I used one, two, three, etc. To label a frame, select it, then do a slow double-click on its name in the panel. Unlabelled frames have some text in angle brackets.

PeterKahrel_0-1705575548841.png

 

Save the document. Then place the cursor in the frame whose content you want to duplicate to the labelled frames and run this script:

names = ['one', 'two', 'three', 'four', 'five'];
text = app.selection[0].parentStory;
for (i = 0; i < names.length; i++) {
  text.duplicate (
    LocationOptions.AT_BEGINNING, 
    app.activeDocument.textFrames.item (names[i])
  );
}

 

Naturally, you'll need to replace the labels one, two, etc. with the your labels.

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Thanks a lot for this, Peter,
I am an absolute beginner with using (let alone writing!) scripts - but it look like this script should do what I want. I have already named the text boxes in preparation for running the script.
My problem is that as a complete novice to scripting I'm not sure how to run it. I am aware that if it had a name and the .jsx suffix I can add it to my scripts panel and run it from there - but I need to know how I can name this script and give it the .jsx suffix first.
I'm sorry this is such a basic question, but I'm a very basic beginner!
Many regards,
Les King

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No worries, Les. This link will tell you all:

 

https://creativepro.com/how-to-install-scripts-in-indesign/

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Thanks, Peter,

As it happens I subscribe to Creative Pro - it's very useful, although I obviously missed this, so thanks for passing on the link!

Many regards, Les King

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I was wondering if perhaps using a variable rahter than copy/paste might be another approach...

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I hadn't even thought about that. It'll work if the text contains no formatting and fits on one line of text.

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Right. Forgot about the length and formatting limitiations.

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Script could also work on the order of selected TFs - 1st one is "source" - the rest are "destinations" - that way, the minimum of selected objects would be two - without the limit on destination - as long as they are on the same spread and its Pasteboard. 

 

If you would like to go even further - different spreads - and even documents - been there, done that... 

 

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Or, script could search for non-empty TF - use it as "source" - and populate the rest. 

 

Possibilities are endless... 

 

Including a situation, when you select a TF, it will be automatically treated as "source", then next selected TFs will be automatically populated. Till you "reset" the process. 

 

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Script could also work on the order of selected TFs

> Or, script could search for non-empty TF 

 

The script could work in many ways.

 

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