Learn how to backwards save InDesign files and open them in previous versions.

Install updates

First, install all available updates in the previous version of InDesign that will be used to open the IDML or INX file:

  • In InDesign, choose Help > Updates and follow the prompts.

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  • Install updates from the Adobe website (for Mac OS or for Windows).

Then choose the procedure below that corresponds to your current version of InDesign and the previous version that you will use to open the files.  

Note:

When you open a document in a previous version of InDesign, you may lose content or the layout may not match the original. Newer features are often not supported in older versions. Carefully review documents opened in previous versions.

Open InDesign files from CC/CS6 for use in CS5.5/CS5/CS4

  1. In InDesign CC or CS6, choose File > Save As.

  2. Choose InDesign Markup (IDML) as the type (Windows) or format (Mac OS).

    Note:

    IDML files are compatible with InDesign CS4 and later.

  3. Click Save.

    You can now open the IDML file in CS5.5, CS5, or CS4 and save it as an InDesign document.

Open InDesign files from CS5.5/CS5 for use in CS4

  1. In InDesign CS5.5 or CS5, choose File > Export.

  2. Choose InDesign Markup (IDML) as the type (Windows) or format (Mac OS).

  3. Click Save.

    You can now open the IDML file in CS4 and save it as an InDesign document.

Open InDesign files from CS5 or later for use in CS3

You cannot save back directly from InDesign CS5 or later to CS3 or earlier. InDesign CS5 doesn't support INX export. Save back to CS3 via CS4, which supports both INX and IDML.

  1. In InDesign CS5 or later, choose File > Export.

  2. Choose InDesign Markup (IDML) as the type (Windows) or format (Mac OS).

  3. Click Save.

  4. Using InDesign CS4, open the *.idml file you created in step 3.

  5. Choose File > Export.

  6. Choose InDesign Interchange (INX) as the type (Windows) or format (Mac OS).

  7. Click Save.

    You can now open the INX file in CS3 and save it as an InDesign document.

Open InDesign files from CS4/CS3 for use in the previous version

  1. In InDesign CS4 or CS3, choose File > Export.

  2. Choose InDesign Interchange (INX) as the type (Windows) or format (Mac OS).

  3. Click Save.

    You can now open the INX file in a previous version and save it as an InDesign document.

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