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InDesign system requirements

  1. InDesign User Guide
  2. Get to know InDesign
    1. Introduction to InDesign
      1. What's New in InDesign
      2. System requirements
      3. Common questions
      4. Use Creative Cloud libraries
    2. Workspace
      1. Workspace basics
      2. Toolbox
      3. Set preferences
      4. Touch workspace
      5. Default keyboard shortcuts
      6. Document recovery and undo
      7. Capture extension
  3. Create and lay out documents
    1. Documents and pages
      1. Create documents
      2. Work with parent pages
      3. Work with document pages
      4. Set page size, margins, and bleed
      5. Work with files and templates
      6. Create book files
      7. Add basic page numbering
      8. Number pages, chapters, and sections
      9. Convert QuarkXPress and PageMaker documents
      10. Share content
      11. Understand a basic managed-file workflow
      12. Save documents
    2. Grids
      1. Grids
      2. Format grids
    3. Layout aids
      1. Rulers
  4. Add content
    1. Text
      1. Add text to frames
      2. Threading text
      3. Arabic and Hebrew features in InDesign
      4. Create type on a path
      5. Bullets and numbering
      6. Glyphs and special characters
      7. Text composition
      8. Text variables
      9. Generate QR codes
      10. Edit text
      11. Align text
      12. Wrap text around objects
      13. Anchored objects
      14. Linked content
      15. Format paragraphs
      16. Format characters
      17. Find/Change
      18. Spell check and language dictionaries
    2. Typography
      1. Using fonts in InDesign
      2. Kerning and tracking
    3. Format text
      1. Format text
      2. Work with Style Packs
      3. Tabs and indents
    4. Review text
      1. Track and review changes
      2. Add editorial notes in InDesign
      3. Import PDF comments
    5. Add references
      1. Create a table of contents
      2. Footnotes
      3. Create an index
      4. Endnotes
      5. Captions
    6. Styles
      1. Paragraph and character styles
      2. Map, export, and manage styles
      3. Object styles
      4. Drop caps and nested styles
      5. Work with styles
      6. Leading
    7. Tables
      1. Format tables
      2. Create tables
      3. Table and Cell styles
      4. Select and edit tables
      5. Table strokes and fills
    8. Interactivity
      1. Hyperlinks
      2. Dynamic PDF documents
      3. Bookmarks
      4. Buttons
      5. Forms
      6. Animation
      7. Cross-references
      8. Structure PDFs
      9. Page transitions
      10. Movies and sounds
      11. Forms
    9. Graphics
      1. Understand paths and shapes
      2. Draw with the Pencil tool
      3. Draw with the Pen tool
      4. Apply line (stroke) settings 
      5. Compound paths and shapes
      6. Edit paths
      7. Clipping paths
      8. Change corner appearance
      9. Align and distribute objects
      10. Linked and embedded graphics
      11. Integrate AEM assets
    10. Color and transparency
      1. Apply color
      2. Use colors from imported graphics
      3. Work with swatches
      4. Mix inks
      5. Tints
      6. Undertand spot and process colors
      7. Blend colors
      8. Gradients
      9. Flatten transparent artwork
      10. Add transparency effects
  5. Share
    1. Work with InDesign Cloud documents
    2. InDesign cloud documents | Common questions
    3. Share and collaborate        
    4. Share for Review
    5. Review a shared InDesign document
    6. Manage feedback 
  6. Publish
    1. Place, export, and publish
      1. Publish Online
      2. Copy, insert graphics
      3. Export content for EPUB
      4. Adobe PDF options
      5. Export content to HTML
      6. Export to Adobe PDF
      7. Export to JPEG format
      8. Export HTML
      9. DPS and AEM Mobile overview
      10. Supported File Formats
    2. Printing
      1. Print booklets
      2. Printer's marks and bleeds
      3. Print documents
      4. Inks, separation, and screen frequency
      5. Overprinting
      6. Create PostScript and EPS files
      7. Preflight files before handoff
      8. Print thumbnails and oversized documents
      9. Prepare PDFs for service providers
      10. Prepare to print separations
  7. Extend InDesign
    1. Automation
      1. Data merge
      2. Plug-ins
      3. Capture extension in InDesign
      4. Scripting
  8. Troubleshooting
    1. Fixed issues
    2. Crash on launch
    3. Preference folder read-only issue
    4. Troubleshoot file issues
    5. Unable to export PDF
    6. InDesign document recovery

Your computer must meet the minimum technical specifications outlined below to run and use InDesign.

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Do you need an earlier version of InDesign? Check out the system requirements for earlier versions.


Your system must meet these minimum requirements to use InDesign October 2022 (version 18.0) release and later.

Processor

Multicore Intel processor (with 64-bit support) or AMD Athlon® 64 processor.

Operating system

  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Windows 11 (64-bit)

Supported on Windows 10 versions  20H2, 21H1, 21H2, and Windows 11 version 21H2.

RAM

Minimum 8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended) 

Hard disk

  • 3.6 GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • Additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • SSD recommended

Monitor resolution

1024 x 768 display (1920 X 1080 recommended), HiDPI display support

Note: To use the new InDesign Touch workspace, you must have a touch screen enabled tablet/monitor running Windows 10 or above (such as Microsoft Surface Pro 3) with the screen resolution set to 2160 x 1440 or more

Scalable UI: Minimum monitor resolution required is 1920 x 1080.

Supported Video Adapter

32-bit Video Card

Internet connection

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.1

Processor

  • Multicore Intel processor or Apple silicon/M1.
  • SSE4.2 or higher SIMD engine.

Operating System

  • macOS version 12.0 (Monterey)
  • macOS version 11 (Big Sur)
  • macOS version 10.15 (Catalina)

RAM

Minimum 8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended)

Hard disk

4.5 GB of available hard-disk space for installation.

Additional free space is required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices).

Monitor resolution

1024 x 768 display (1920 x 1080 recommended), Retina display support.

Scalable UI: Minimum monitor resolution required is 1920 x 1080.

Supported Video Adapter

32-bit Video Card

GPU

For optimum GPU Performance, your Intel-based Mac should have a minimum of 1024 MB of VRAM (2 GB recommended), and your computer must support Metal.

Metal GPU feature is supported on:

  • iMac 4K
  • iMac 5K
  • MacBook Pro Retina
  • Mac Pro connected to a HiDPI monitor
  • Mac mini connected to a HiDPI monitor

To check for VRAM value, choose Mac About This Mac (Graphics information)

Internet connection

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.1

InDesign is not supported on case-sensitive file systems, removable storage devices, and network drives.2

Available language versions

InDesign is available in the following languages:

Dansk

Deutsch

English

Español

Français*

Hebrew*

Hungarian

Italiano

Nederlands

Norwegian

Polish

Português (Brasil)

Suomi

Svenska

Turkish

Ukrainian

čeština

Русский

عربي*

日本語

简体中文

繁體中文

한국어

* InDesign supports Arabic and Hebrew in the following versions with full right-to-left language support and Arabic/Hebrew features:

  • Middle Eastern version with an English interface.
  • North African French (Français*) version with a French interface.

Talk to us

If you have a question to ask or an idea to share, come and participate in Adobe InDesign Community. We would love to hear from you and see your creations.


NOTES:

1. Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

2. Some of the unsupported virtualized or server-based environments include but are not limited to, Citrix Metaframe/Citrix Presentation Server, NVIDIA Grid, Microsoft App-V, VMWare, Parallels, and Virtual PC. "Thin Clients" are also server-based environments. InDesign has a few technical support boundaries for virtualized or server-based environments.

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