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Save and access cloud documents

  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. Customize your workspace in InDesign
      3. Toolbox
      4. Set preferences
      5. Properties panel
      6. Touch workspace
      7. Default keyboard shortcuts
      8. Manage History panel in InDesign
      9. Document recovery and undo
    3. Generative AI
      1. Text to Image
      2. Generative AI FAQ
  3. Create and layout 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. Convert PDFs to InDesign files in InDesign (Beta)
      7. Create book files
      8. Add basic page numbering
      9. Number pages, chapters, and sections
      10. Convert QuarkXPress and PageMaker documents
      11. Share content
      12. Understand a basic managed-file workflow
      13. Save documents
    2. Grids
      1. Grids
      2. Format grids
    3. Layout aids
      1. Rulers
      2. Align and distribute objects using rulers
      3. Measure objects using the Measure tool
  4. Add content
    1. Text
      1. Add text to frames
      2. Threading text
      3. South-East Asian Scripts
      4. Arabic and Hebrew features in InDesign
      5. Create type on a path
      6. Bullets and numbering
      7. Glyphs and special characters
      8. Text composition
      9. Text variables
      10. Generate QR codes
      11. Edit text
      12. Align text
      13. Wrap text around objects
      14. Anchored objects
      15. Linked content
      16. Format paragraphs
      17. Format characters
    2. Typography
      1. Using fonts in InDesign
      2. Kerning and tracking
    3. Format text
      1. Format text
      2. Auto Style text
      3. Work with Style Packs
      4. Tabs and indents
    4. Review text
      1. Track and review changes
      2. Add editorial notes in InDesign
      3. Import PDF comments
    5. Spell check and language dictionaries
      1. Check spelling, autocorrect, and dynamic spelling
      2. Create, add, and manage dictionaries and words
      3. Change dictionary preferences
      4. Duden dictionary
    6. Add references
      1. Create a table of contents
      2. Footnotes
      3. Create an index
      4. Endnotes
      5. Captions
    7. 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
    8. Tables
      1. Format tables
      2. Create tables
      3. Table and Cell styles
      4. Select and edit tables
      5. Table strokes and fills
    9. Interactivity
      1. Hyperlinks
      2. Dynamic PDF documents
      4. Buttons
      5. Forms
      6. Animation
      7. Cross-references
      8. Structure PDFs
      9. Page transitions
      10. Movies and sounds
    10. 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. Frames and objects
      10. Align and distribute objects
      11. Linked and embedded graphics
      12. Integrate AEM assets
    11. Color and transparency
      1. Apply color
      2. Use colors from imported graphics
      3. Work with swatches
      4. Mix inks
      5. Tints
      6. Understand spot and process colors
      7. Blend colors
      8. Gradients
      9. Flatten transparent artwork
      10. Add transparency effects
  5. Find and replace
    1. Find and replace text
    2. Find and replace fonts
    3. Find and replace glyphs
    4. Find and replace using GREP expressions and queries
    5. Find and replace objects
    6. Find and replace colors
    7. Search options to find and replace
  6. Share
    1. Save and access cloud documents
    2. Organize, manage, and share cloud documents
    3. View and manage versions in cloud documents
    4. Common questions about InDesign cloud documents
    5. Share and collaborate        
    6. Share for Review
    7. Review a shared InDesign document
    8. Manage feedback 
  7. Publish
    1. Place, export, and publish
      1. Publish online
      2. Publish online dashboard
      3. Copy, insert graphics
      4. Export content for EPUB
      5. Adobe PDF options
      6. Export content to HTML
      7. Export to Adobe PDF
      8. Export to JPEG format
      9. Export HTML
      10. DPS and AEM Mobile overview
      11. Supported File Formats
      12. Export and import User Settings
    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
  8. Extend InDesign
    1. Automation
      1. Data merge
      2. Plug-ins
      3. Capture extension in InDesign
      4. Scripting
  9. Troubleshooting
    1. Fixed issues
    2. Known issues
    3. Crash on launch
    4. Preference folder read-only issue
    5. Troubleshoot file issues
    6. Unable to export InDesign file to PDF
    7. InDesign document recovery

Learn how to save and access cloud documents, work offline, and place Photoshop cloud documents in InDesign.

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

InDesign cloud documents are Adobe's cloud-native document file type that can be accessed online or offline directly from the InDesign application. You can access cloud documents on any device where InDesign is installed.

Try it in the app

Follow along with any project to learn how to use InDesign cloud documents.

Why cloud documents?

Work seamlessly across devices with InDesign cloud documents. Sign in with your Creative Cloud account to access it on any device.

  • 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.

Save InDesign files as cloud documents

You can save any InDesign file to the cloud and work seamlessly from anywhere, anytime.

Screenshot showing the benefits of saving an InDesign document as a cloud document with Save on your computer and Save to Creative Cloud buttons and a Don't show again checkbox.
Select how to save your InDesign file.

  1. Open any InDesign document and select any of the following options:

    • File > Save
    • File > Save as
  2. Select one of the following options in the Save on your computer or to cloud documents dialog:

    • Save on your computer
    • Save to Creative Cloud

    Check Don't show again, for InDesign to remember the save selection from your last session and provide the same experience every time you save a document.

InDesign cloud documents are saved with the .inddc extension, and a cloud symbol is displayed on the tab name to indicate that you're working on a cloud document.


InDesign cloud documents are saved automatically as you work. The autosave feature keeps the cloud documents up-to-date, and you can access them wherever you've installed InDesign. A version history is also maintained for each save operation performed manually.

Access InDesign cloud documents

InDesign cloud documents ensure your work is always up-to-date across devices with complete fidelity.

After you save an InDesign document as a cloud document, you can access it from the Your files tab on the InDesign Home screen, the Creative Cloud website, or the Creative Cloud desktop application.

Work on InDesign cloud documents when offline

Screenshot of the InDesign Homescreen with highlights for Your files tab and Make available offline always button.
Select Make available offline always to work on your documents without internet.

  1. Launch InDesign and select Your files.

  2. Select a cloud document and then select   Make available offline always.


    Identify if your documents are available online or offline with the following icons:

    •   Available offline
    •   Online-only

InDesign creates a conflict file (backup file) on your device if all your changes are not synced for any reason. You can recover your changes from the conflict file. Once the file starts syncing on the cloud, the conflict icon is changed to the   icon.

When you're back online, your updated document is automatically uploaded to the cloud and is available across all your devices.

Place Photoshop cloud documents in InDesign

  1. Open a new or an existing InDesign document.

  2. Go to File > Place.

  3. Select Open Cloud Document and select the Photoshop cloud document (.psdc) that you want to place into your current InDesign document.

  4. Select Linked to place a linked file, or deselect Linked to embed the artwork in the InDesign document.

  5. Select Place.

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