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How to auto fill dates while doing a calendar?


Question

I want to make a useful calendar in AI. Thus far I have made 12 columns, which each stand for a month, and around 31 boxes in each with days and weekdays listed. There has to be a box because I want to have a space to write some short notes in them as I'm going to print it and laminate it in dry wipe.

I have managed to create these boxes but I don't have a clue how to efficiently (not typing manually in every single box) fill the dates inside.

Does anybody know a solution?

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1/28/2015 5:35:00 PM

Type one object with the numbers 1 to 31 with a tab between each number, then set up 7 tabs (use a tab before the first day of the week to make it easier) to position them vertically and use the Space After or Space Before options in the Paragraph Panel to align them horizontally.

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This only took a minute to set up.

With the proper tab and spacing options it's pretty easy to adjust the dates for each month. It's just a matter of adjusting line feeds.

Due to the lack of tables in Illustrator, I find this much easier than it is to try and use boxes, or threaded text.

InDesign is a bit easier in this respect due to proper text threading options and the ability to create tables. However, Illustrator just doesn't have those same features.

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1/28/2015 5:12:00 PM