Sort Swatches in Adobe InDesign

Simple script to sort the items in your InDesign swatch panel. Works on Tints and Gradients as well.

before and after: sorted swatches

Download (CS4 and up, includes CC installer)

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  1. Alexandra Lemos says:

    I don’t recognize either of the file extensions (and neither does my Indesign). What am I supposed to do with the files?
    I’m working on ID CC 2015, on Windows 7.
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Justin says:

      Hi Alexandra,

      You should be able to open the .zxp file with Extension Manager CC (available from the CC Desktop App).

      In some cases, InDesign doesn’t appear inside the app list of EM and reinstalling InDesign from the CC app seems to fix this.

      I’ve also updated the download link to include alternative installers.

      Hopefully that will help!

      1. Alexandra Lemos says:

        Yes! Thank you very much! 🙂
        I had never used Extension Manager before 😉

      2. Justin says:

        No problem, Alexandra. 🙂

  2. Nicolas Laborde says:


    I’m very interested by your script but unfortunately, I can’t install it on CS6… 🙁

    Using the vbs installer, the Please choose a version selector is empty…

    Hopefully, there’s a solution…

    Anyway, thank you for developing this!

    1. Justin says:

      Open the .mxp file with Adobe Extension Manager CS6 to install with InDesign CS6.

      1. Nicolas Laborde says:

        It seems I didn’t install the Extension Manager… 😮
        I can’t find it anywhere?

  3. gacha life says:

    Thank you very much for the useful information. It has been challenging for me to come up with numerous questions about this subject. I’ll be right behind you!

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