Scripting is a great tool for performing a variety of tasks. A script can be as simple as an automated common task or as complex as an entire new feature. You can create your own scripts, and you can run scripts that other people have created. For more information on scripting, see the Scripting Guide, scripting requirements, and other developer resources at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/indesign/documentation.html.
The Scripting Guide contains an introduction to scripting and tutorials. You can also find a number of useful scripts that you can run, such as a script that draws guides around the selected object. Some of these scripts appear by default in the Scripts panel.
InDesign includes two panels for scripting: the Scripts panel and the Script Label panel.
The Scripts panel is where you run scripts without leaving InDesign. The Scripts panel displays the scripts that are located in the Scripts folders in the InDesign application folder and in your Preferences folders. If you create or receive a script, you can place it in the Scripts Panel folder so that it shows up in the Scripts panel.
Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/[version]/[language]/Scripts/Scripts Panel
Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Adobe\InDesign\[version]\[language]\Scripts\Scripts Panel
Windows Vista and Windows 7
A quick way to locate the Scripts Panel folder is to right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) a script in the Scripts panel, and choose Reveal In Explorer (Windows) or Reveal In Finder (Mac OS).
You can then double-click a script in the Scripts panel to run it, or you can run scripts using Quick Apply.
The Script Label panel lets you specify a label for a page item, such as a text frame or shape. Specifying labels for page items is especially useful for writing scripts in which you need to identify an object.
For detailed information on adding, running, and editing scripts, see the Scripting Guide on the Adobe website at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/indesign/documentation.html.
Re-draws the path of the selected item or items using a variety of corner effects. Corner effects can be applied to selected points on the path.
Performs a series of common text find/change operations by reading a tab-delimited text file.
Changes the position of path points on the selected object or objects to add a creative effect.
For more information on installing and using these sample scripts, see www.adobe.com/go/learn_id_scripting_readme_cs5_en (PDF).
InDesign also provides more scripts that are created by the InDesign community. These scripts are displayed in the Scripts panel under the Community section.
Adds quotation marks before and after the text selection.
By default, multiple versions of the script are available. You can configure these scripts for other languages based on your requirement:
|Select a text to run this script.
|Clear Overrides||Override can be cleared using this script for paragragh, character, table, and object styles. This script will reset any overriden style attribute. For fine tuning, you can limit the process to objects, tables or text formatted with a particular style.
||Open at least one document to run this script.
||This script inserts a sequence of one or more Unicode characters at the current insertion point in InDesign.
|Snap Margins to Text Frame
Sets InDesign document margins visually and intuitively, instead of making you perform complex mathematical calculations.
Margins are adjusted to match the selected text frame throughout the active document.
|Break Text Thread
||Breaks the thread:
You can choose the following options to break text thread:
Ensure that the selected text frame is not the last frame.
It is useful when you need to break a long document into separate chapters.