I am running into this exact issue and would love the ability to sort the cross reference panel or (even better) search it.
Interesting! Tell us more!
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I have that exact concern about the ordering ability of that panel. It should allow us to order it alphabetically or by appearance (which is the case right now).
I'm using the cross-reference into a product application guide, on which the same product may appear on multiple pages based on specific vehicles. I then have to chose the right reference but since the text is always the same I get Part#123, Part#123(1), Part#123(2), etc scattered into the list of thousands. Scrolling to find the exact one is a pain.
Alphabetically ordered I could easily follow into that list of one specific product number at a time.
I would also suggest a kind of search field into which we could type some character of the reference we are searching.
And maybe the reference text could show the actual page number where it's located within the listing box.
I feel your pain and totally agree that we need a bigger, better, searchable, sortable, and otherwise improved x-ref panel.
The bad news is it can't be done right now.
And as much as I hate it when people just send me off to the Feature Request form, I strongly suggest you go there and fill it out with as much detail as possible:
Same comment! Screenshots!
If you ever use the cross-ref panel you really don't need any screenshot to understand what everyone of us is saying. The only thing that would show is a beautiful list of available paragraph sequentially ordered as they appear in the document. Whether you want to sort them alphabetically, or have a search field to help finding the right destination wouldn't show on any screenshot as it is not available.
Hi Sandee, don't worry I won't feel bad you sending me to the feature request. I totally understand that it's the only way to get things moving forward, and that it will be done only if enough people does the same request.
Thanks a lot for these explanations! I totally ignored about cross-references!
Just for comments:
Imagine the captions using an identification way as an auto-numbering para style as: "Figure 3.15 ………" ("3" for Chapter number, "15" for figure numbering in this chapter)!
Then, imagine you want to insert a cross-reference in the text as: "(see Figure 3.15, page 47)"!
Finally, imagine you simply have to type, instead of the CR: 3.15, to indicate you refer to the Figure 3.15!
… and now, imagine you just have to play 1 click to launch a script that will create hundreds of cross-references in the doc!
without doing anything else? Maybe a coffee, watching your computer playing alone!
But have you such imagination?
… So, YES! I need more information!
First I did not meant anything about you knowing or not about cross-references, I only state that if you ever used the panel (without scripting that is) you know that there is not much in it. Select paragraph style, select occurence needed, select cross-reference style... end.
I think that your answer would be more appealing have it been "It's actually not possible within the InDesign xref panel, but maybe a script could be helpful in resolving your problem. I may help if you provide me some more information such as... "
Most of us don't need anything fancy at all and we probably don't need to create hundreds of cross-references, we just need to do some based on a paragraph style that happens to be use enough in the doc to render the list a pain to hunt through even tough we know the exact sentence we are searching for.
Some designers could really need to create hundreds of cross-references and hyperlinks! …
Not unusual when you create books! … And I agree with all of you ! Do it manually, with actual InDesign CR panel is very painful and a time wasting! …
Just to to do in 1 click what it will manually take you hours!
A sample [just for comment!]
This does in fact looks very interesting!
From what I could see you probably are searching for a specific stylesheet then assign it the source marker but I'm not really sure I understand how the destination marker would be set.
Bonne journée ; )
What the script exactly does is exactly what you would like to do!
You choose "Figure x" in your text and replace it by inserting a cross-reference to its caption, as "Figure x. Blablabla", "Figure x. " corresponding in this caption to an auto-numbering created by the applied para style!!!
But actually, you need to find the good para in a list in the CR panel! …
The script only does it instead of you and it's happy to do it for you [I think!]!