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Learn about the frequently asked questions about InDesign Cloud documents.


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Frequently asked questions about InDesign Cloud documents

  Cloud documents (Beta) is Adobe's cloud-native file type that is now available in beta for testing and feedback in InDesign.

  • Cloud documents will be enabled on the second launch of InDesign.
  • This is a geographically limited roll-out. Cloud documents will soon be available in all locales.

What are the benefits of InDesign cloud documents?

Here are some benefits of using InDesign cloud documents:

  • Access all your work: Access your documents on all the devices where you've installed InDesign. It's in the cloud wherever you work.
  • Reliability:  Save your project as a cloud document, and never worry about losing your work as it gets auto-saved on the cloud.
  • Track version history: View any version of your document from Autosave keeps your documents up-to-date and makes past versions available at hand.
  • Quality: Store every layer at full fidelity.
  • Cloud documents will be enabled on the second launch of InDesign.
  • This is a geographically limited roll-out. Cloud documents will soon be available in all locales.

What is the difference between InDesign cloud documents and Creative Cloud Files (synced files)?

Your Creative Cloud plan includes different types of cloud storage—cloud documents, libraries, and Creative Cloud files (synced files). These have different uses and benefits.

  • InDesign cloud documents and Creative Cloud Files (synced files) are stored in different locations within your Creative Cloud account. 
  • Unlike InDesign cloud documents, InDesign Creative Cloud files (synced files) are not native to the cloud and, therefore, don't have the same capabilities as cloud documents.

Can I access InDesign cloud documents from Creative Cloud Libraries?

You can access Cloud documents from the InDesign app and on the web at, but not from Creative Cloud Libraries.

Are cloud documents supported on Windows 7?

No, cloud documents are not supported on Windows 7. Your system must meet the minimum system requirements for InDesign.

Workflows to access and save cloud documents in InDesign

How do I access InDesign cloud documents?

You can access your  InDesign cloud documents from:

How do I select between saving cloud documents and local documents?

You can always select between saving your InDesign documents to the cloud or locally. InDesign remembers how you saved or opened your most recently accessed document and will continue to present you with the same experience until you select otherwise.

How do I save my cloud documents as local files?

InDesign enables you to save your document as a local file. You can also make cloud documents available offline.

How do I save my existing .indd documents as cloud documents?

To save and access your files across your devices, you can convert  your .indd file to a cloud document and save it to the cloud. To do so, open InDesign and select File  >  Save as  >  Save Adobe Cloud document

Can I bank upon autosave if my cloud documents are not manually saved for some reason?

Autosave feature is your savior! Even if you close the InDesign cloud document without saving it manually, the autosave feature makes sure that your latest updates are automatically saved and synced onto the cloud. Similarly, if you work on multiple documents at the same time, all your updates get autosaved when you switch between the documents.

However, autosaving a large-scale document takes time and might have performance trade-offs, so the autosave feature is currently disabled for large-scaled documents.

Other workflows related to InDesign cloud documents

How do I simultaneously edit a cloud document on multiple devices?

While editing a document on multiple devices at the same time, conflict arises when you try to save changes to the cloud documents.

When making changes on different devices, ensure that your changes have been saved to the cloud before you resume editing on another device to avoid version conflict.

Can I use linked objects in my cloud documents?

Linked Objects are supported only on the device on which you create the cloud document. If you have used linked objects in cloud documents, then you need to embed the linked objects to avoid missing links warning when the document is opened on other devices. 

How do I work with cloud documents without the Internet?

Yes, you can work offline with any cloud document currently available in your device cache. To ensure you have access to a cloud document locally, open the cloud document before going offline. You'll then be able to find your project under the Recent section on the home screen and can continue to work. Your document changes will be saved to the cloud when your device is reconnected to a network. 

How do I get back to an older version of a cloud document?

Go to > Files > Your filesCloud documents. Open a cloud document and select the Timeline icon from the right side of the document preview. In the timeline view, you can view and manage all your document versions.

How do I clear my Creative Cloud storage quota?

The assets you delete while working on InDesign remain in the Deleted section on the app home screen. As a result, these deleted assets will still consume cloud storage space. You can delete files permanently to clear up your cloud storage. Select the more options   icon for the document in the Deleted section and select Delete Permanently.

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