Scripting With Adobe InDesign
Read on to find out how to get started with running scripts in InDesign.
But I Don’t Know How To Program!
If you don’t know anything about programming, that does not prevent you from taking advantage of InDesign scripting. You can download a variety of useful scripts off the Web, or hire a programmer to develop a custom script for you. You do not need to know how to program in order to be able to run a script and enjoy it’s benefits.
How Do I Run A Script
The trickiest part of the process is putting your script in the correct location on your hard drive. You can find the location for your scripts by following these steps:
- Open InDesign.
- Open the Scripts panel by choosing Window > Automation > Scripts
- In the Scripts panel there should be an ‘Application’ folder and a ‘User’ folder listed.
- Right click (or Control-click) on the ‘User’ folder and select ‘Reveal in Finder’ (or
‘Reveal in Windows Explorer’).
- The scripts panel folder should be displayed in the Finder (Mac) or Windows Explorer.
Back in InDesign, running a script from the Scripts panel is as simple as double-clicking the name of the script, or right click and choose ‘Run Script’.
If you would like to try this out, feel free to download my test InDesign script, place it in the InDesign scripts folder and run it. If you are successful, the script will place a simple success message on your screen.