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 default 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 profile environment on Windows. It is also for data that can be easily 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 

Windows 10

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

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

Windows XP

Roaming Data Folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Adobe\InDesign\Version [#]

Local Cached Data Folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\InDesign\Version [#]

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

Importing previous preferences when upgrading

This page from Adobe describes recent changes to migration of preferences:

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/sync-settings.html


Delete InDesign preferences with shortcuts 

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


Windows: Shift+Ctrl+Alt

Mac OS: Shift+Control+Option+Command


InDesign version and preferences version number 

InDesign CS3Version 5.0
InDesign CS4Version 6.0
InDesign CS5Version 7.0
InDesign CS5.5Version 7.5
InDesign CS6Version 8.0
InDesign CCVersion 9.2
InDesign CC 2014Version 10.0
InDesign CC 2015Version 11.0
InDesign CC 2017Version 12.0
InDesign CC 2018Version 13.0
InDesign CC 2019Version 14.0
InDesign CC 2020Version 15.0


Most of the above information was provided by Adobe Systems. Please see the link below for the original source of this text.

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/indesign-preferences-support-file-locations.html