Preferences include settings such as panel positions, measurement options, and display options for graphics and typography.
The difference between preferences and defaults is the area to which each applies. Preference settings specify the initial appearance and behavior of certain InCopy features. Default settings apply to InCopy documents.
InCopy preference settings are fully scriptable. To share a consistent set of preferences across user groups, develop a script to set the preferences, and then have all users in the group run the script on their computers. Don’t copy and paste one user’s preferences files onto another computer, as doing so might cause application instability. For more information about scripting, see the InCopy Scripting Guide on the Adobe website.
If you change settings when no documents are open, your changes set the defaults for new documents. If a document is open when you change settings, the changes affect only that document.
Similarly, if you change settings when no objects are selected, your changes set the defaults for new objects.
If you use the same page size and language for most of your documents, you can change these defaults with no document open. For example, to change the default page size, close all documents, choose File > Document Setup, and select a desired page size. To set a default dictionary, close all documents, choose Edit > Preferences > Dictionary (Windows) or InCopy > Preferences > Dictionary (Mac OS), and select an option from the Language menu.