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Installing scripts

One of my favorite features of InDesign are scripts. They are tiny little programs that automatically perform repetitive tasks that would otherwise be a lot of manual work. To install a script, we are going to go to Window > Utilities > Scripts. We can also hit Command+Option+F11 on the Mac, or Ctrl+Alt+F11 on the PC. We want to install our scripts inside the User folder in the Script panel. Right now, I don't have any installed. I am going to right-click the User folder and choose Reveal in Finder on the Mac, or Reveal in Explorer on the PC. On my Desktop, I have two scripts that I am going to install.

I am not providing these scripts inside the exercise files. I downloaded these from the web site indesignsecrets.com. You can also find more scripts at the Adobe Exchange and then search for InDesign. I am going to select these scripts and drag them on top of the Scripts Panel folder. Now that I've got them installed, I can go back into InDesign, and they're ready to use. When you're ready to run one, all you have to do is double-click on that script. We are going to talk about these two scripts in a later movie. Inside the Application folder, InDesign ships with a couple of scripts. I'll open up Samples, and then I have two folders: on the Mac, I've got AppleScript and JavaScript and on the PC, VBScript and JavaScript.

Inside the JavaScript folder, there is a wide variety of scripts. We are going to be using the AnimationEncyclopedia script in a later movie. If we want to find out more information about this script, or any of these scripts, we can go into our Help system. Let's go to Help > InDesign Help. I am going to click on Adobe Reference only, so I am only searching the Help system. I am going to type in "scripts". I am going to click on the second link, Scripting.

At the bottom, we can find more information about each of these scripts. Using scripts may sound complicated, but if you think of them as extra features inside InDesign, you'll be happy to find out that they're only a double-click away.

Installing scripts
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Installing scripts provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by James Fritz as part of the InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

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Design Web
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InDesign
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