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I'm trying to get away from having to hard code in the names of objects I want my code to use.

For example, I'm use to do it this way:

    TextAsset test = new TextAsset();
    test = (TextAsset)Resources.Load("test.txt", typeof(TextAsset));

What I want to know, is there a way to have so that when I drag my test.txt file onto my object in Unity, my code automatically gets the name of that object?

I'm wanting to do this so once I write the code, I don't need to back in and change it should I wish re-use it.

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Yes, if you have a GameObject in the scene you can make a public field of the type TextAsset that can be changed in the editor.

For example, this is an array of TextAssets:

class ItemReader : MonoBehavior
    public TextAsset[] DataFiles;

After attaching the containing script to an object in the scene, the result looks like this: enter image description here

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You cant use Resources.Load without using a string, i dont think that Resources accept any overload arguments.

Have u tried to define a public variable (so you can assign your object via editor) and than use it instead of strings?

Something like:

using UnityEngine; 
using System;

public class test : MonoBehaviour {     
public TextAsset tx;

    void Start()    
     Debug.Log(;    } 
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Unfortunately this does not give you the file extension or the full path, but if you are just loading the file in as a text asset this method should totally work. – Benjamin Danger Johnson Jun 3 '13 at 16:36

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