InDesign preferences and support file locations

InDesign preferences and support files

The preference and support files for InDesign have similar locations. These files are primarily grouped into three locations, though there is data in additional locations as noted below.

  • The Application folder: At the location of the application, or executable, are subfolders for presets and other support files. These subfolders are typically where the "canned" presets are located.
  • The application "roaming data folder." This folder is intended for "normal" preference data that you would want to roam from machine to machine in a roaming profile environment.
  • The application "local cached data folder." This folder is designed for large data caches that you don't want to roam from machine to machine in a roaming profiles environment on Windows. It is also for data that can easily be regenerated if deleted.

Mac OS X

Application "Roaming Data Folder"

  • /Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/Version #

Application "local cached data folder"

  • /Users/[User Name]/Library/Caches/Adobe InDesign/Version [#]


Windows 10

Roaming Data Folder:

  • %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\

Local Cached Data Folder:

  • %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Adobe\InDesign\

Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista

Roaming Data Folder:

  • C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\Version [#]

Local Cached Data Folder:

  • C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Local\Adobe\InDesign\Version [#]\en_US\Cache

Delete InDesign preferences with shortcuts

You can delete the replaceable InDesign SaveData and InDesign Defaults files by holding down the following keys while InDesign is launching:

  • Windows: Shift+Ctrl+Alt
  • Mac OS: Shift+Control+Option+Command

InDesign version and preferences version number

  • InDesign CS3         Version 5.0
  • InDesign CS4         Version 6.0
  • InDesign CS5         Version 7.0
  • InDesign CS5.5      Version 7.5
  • InDesign CS6         Version 8.0
  • InDesign CC           Version 9.x
  • InDesign 2020       Version 15.x
  • InDesign 2021        Version 16.x

Additional information

Here is a brief description of what is stored in different locations:

Local Cached Data folder

  • InDesign Recovery folder (+data)
  • Scripting Support folder
  • FindChangeData
  • FindChangeDataTmp
  • FontMask
  • Cacheidletask log
  • InDesign ClipboardScrap
  • InDesign DragDropScrap
  • InDesign SavedData

Roaming Data folder

  • Color Settings
  • Composite Fonts
  • Find-Change Queries
  • InDesign Defaults
  • InDesign Scripts folder
  • Workspaces folder
  • Menu Sets folder


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