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In Book Window, Display Full Doc Path


Problem description

FrameMaker will display the path of the book components relative to the book folder in the book window. With longer relative paths, only part of the path will be displayed in the book window.

If the book contains documents from many distributed folders (or the paths are long), it may no longer be possible to uniquely identify the documents in the book window.

Function description

The script enables the display of the complete file path in the book window.

The ‘Display heading text’ book option is used to do this. Normally, this option is used to display the content of the first document paragraph.

The menu command functions as a switch. The current status is indicated by a checkmark in front of the command.

After the option has been enabled, the entire path of the book components will be displayed in the book window.

In this mode, the book components will be preceded by ‘FP:’ .

The ‘Display filenames’ or ‘Display heading text’ button in the book window (switch) can be pressed to switch between the display of the relative path of the book component (1) and the display of the entire file path (2).

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  • FrameMaker 6.0 to 8.0
  • FrameScript/ElmScript 4.1 or higher


The script works with structured and unstructured documents.

When a book component is moved in the book window, FrameMaker will assign the text of the first paragraph in the main text flow to the ‘heading text’ again. The same applies to newly added book components.

After the book has been updated (with enabled ‘Display Full Doc Path’ script option), the entire file path will be displayed in the book window again.

After the ‘Display Full Doc Path’ script option has been disabled, the display in the book window will not be refreshed (display of the text of the first paragraph in the main text flow) until the book has been updated.

Since FM9 this script is disabled by default.

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