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Script for InDesign to Sort Pages Alphabetically

Community Beginner ,
Aug 17, 2023 Aug 17, 2023

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Hello all,

 

I'm trying to sort 100+ nametags on InDesign alphabetically by last name. Is this possible to do? I know nothing about scripts so I am curious on how I can go about this in an easy manner. Thanks!

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Aug 17, 2023 Aug 17, 2023

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Your title says "sort pages" but your question appears to be about "sorting paragraphs". I'm guessing you must have one name per page? 

 

If this is a data merge activty and each name is on its own page, one option is to sort in Excel and then re-merge. If typed in manually, InDesign does come with a script for sorting by paragraphs: Window > Utilities > Scripts.

 

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If this one doesn't work, we have very talented scripters who will likely be able to give you a hand. In the meantime, please share more infomation about how your file is set up. Screen shots with Hidden Characters visible is very helpful.

 

~Barb

 

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Aug 17, 2023 Aug 17, 2023

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I have 100+ seperate nametags, each on their own page. The pages themselves need to be sorted alphabetically by last name. So it's about sorting pages, I would assume?

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Aug 17, 2023 Aug 17, 2023

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Why? 

 

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Aug 17, 2023 Aug 17, 2023

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What do you mean by 'nametags on pages'? Can you show an example, a screenshot?

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Aug 18, 2023 Aug 18, 2023

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Hi @sboyd7221, there are many ways to do what you want, but they depend critically on your specific set-up. That's why we all are hoping you can post a demo file with just a few pages. Then we can really help.

- Mark

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