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[JS]: Accessing Menu Items in CS6

Jul 16, 2012 9:08 AM

Tags: #color #script #javascript #menu #scripting #cs6 #menu_items #illustrator_cs6



So I just got CS6, and I'm wondering how I access menu items using Javascript?

Also, I'm looking at the CS6 JS reference, and it doesn't say whether app.activeDocument.selection is Read-Only. Hopefully not, because I would need this for my purposes in accessing the menu.

The item I wanna access is Select > Same > Stroke Color. Seems simple enough. Any help would be appreciated!

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    Jul 16, 2012 6:47 PM   in reply to alexthebake

    I have discovered a list myself, see, more info: (Chinese)


    For what you need is : app.executeMenuCommand('Find Stroke Color menu item');

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    Jul 18, 2012 6:38 PM   in reply to alexthebake

    You are welcome.


    Let me explain a bit (in English) how I know that. The point is that the underlying menu item name is recorded in action when you insert menu item into it. It's not recorded as normal string but as hex value, so I convert and get it.

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    Jul 19, 2012 11:37 AM   in reply to alexthebake

    You can find the Menu Shortcut Hotkeys text file and use the menu comman strings there.  The .kys file should be located in the installation directory under Presets.

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    Jul 19, 2012 7:14 PM   in reply to Silly-V

    Thanks! However, that is useful but not always good luck.


    For example, "Drop Shadow" menu can be found twice in the .kys file, but none of these string is valid for app.executeMenuCommand(), the right string is "Live Adobe Drop Shadow".

    And another, "OffsetPath2" will not work, the right one is "OffsetPath v22". And so on...


    After some discoveries, I think menu strings in the .kys file that contain "\" will always work well.

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