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How to alphabetical order pages at indesign cs4?

New Here ,
Feb 12, 2014 Feb 12, 2014

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I have a text box at the beginning of each page and I want to alphabetical order pages based on that text box. Do you know how to do that?

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Guru , Feb 13, 2014 Feb 13, 2014

This will do it.

But see also http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1082984?tstart=0 for a better workflow.

For some reason the OP over there didn't get back to say thanks and mark the answer as correct .

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// Script to sort Pages according to alphabetical order of their top TextFrames contents

// by Trevor (www.creative-scripts.com [coming soon]) custom and readymade scripts for InDesign

// http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1405293?tstart=0

// see also http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1082984?tstart=0 for a

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Feb 12, 2014 Feb 12, 2014

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I've moved this to the scripting forum. If anyone knows, it will be the users here.

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This will do it.

But see also http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1082984?tstart=0 for a better workflow.

For some reason the OP over there didn't get back to say thanks and mark the answer as correct .

Trevor

// Script to sort Pages according to alphabetical order of their top TextFrames contents

// by Trevor (www.creative-scripts.com [coming soon]) custom and readymade scripts for InDesign

// http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1405293?tstart=0

// see also http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1082984?tstart=0 for a better workflow

app.doScript("aToZPageSort()", ScriptLanguage.javascript, undefined, UndoModes.FAST_ENTIRE_SCRIPT, "Sort Pages By top text contents");

function aToZPageSort () {

    var doc =  app.documents[0],

          myPageIndex = [],

          l = doc.pages.length,

          topFrameIndex = z= 0, pageFramesTops, i, topFrameHeight, topFrame;

    while (l--) {

        pageFramesTops = doc.pages.textFrames.everyItem().getElements().slice(0);

        n = i = pageFramesTops && pageFramesTops.length;

        if (!i) continue;

        while (n--) pageFramesTops = pageFramesTops.geometricBounds[0]; // for some reason when one trys to get the geometricBounds[0] from teh everyItems without the elements it return y1, x1 and not just y1 ?-)

        topFrameHeight = pageFramesTops[0];

        topFrame = doc.pages.textFrames[0];

        for (var n = 0; n< i ; n ++) {

            if (pageFramesTops < topFrameHeight) {

                topFrameHeight = pageFramesTops;

                topFrame = doc.pages.textFrames;

            }

        }

        myPageIndex [z++] = {page: topFrame.parentPage, contents: topFrame.contents.toLowerCase()}

    }

    myPageIndex.sort (function (a,b) {return (a.contents.toLowerCase() > b.contents.toLowerCase())});

    l = myPageIndex.length;

    while (l--) myPageIndex.page.move (LocationOptions.AT_BEGINNING);

}

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Feb 13, 2014 Feb 13, 2014

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Trevor,

Thank you so much! However I am very new in indesign and I even don't know how to add this script into my document

I hope I am not being a pain! Could you  help me on that?

Many thanks...

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Feb 13, 2014 Feb 13, 2014

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In InDesign go to the scripts panel

Alt  +(Ctr / Command) + F11

or Ctrl enter then type scripts and select script panel

or go to Windows / Utilities / Scripts

Then on the panel right click the user folder and click on the USER folder and click on reveal in explorer

You now have have the script folder open

Copy the above script and paste it into any text editor.

Save it in the script folder with the extension .jsx

Alphabetical Page Sort.jsx might be a good name to choose.

Lock in the script panel and you should see the script there in the User folder

Click on it to run it.

If the script does not appear there then close and reopen the scripts panel.

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Guru ,
Feb 13, 2014 Feb 13, 2014

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P.s.

I think Peter would agrea that the correct answer should go to me and not him

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Feb 13, 2014 Feb 13, 2014

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Absolutely, and I've made the change.

You're lucky I'm still subscribed.

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Guru ,
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Thanks Peter,

Ever indebted

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Thank you... very much appreciated and helpful!

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YAHOO!!! SO GRATEFUL for this script... just used it myself too

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