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 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 [#]

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

Reset preferences in Creative Cloud 

To clear the preferences store in the Cloud, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to and Sign in with your adobe ID.
  2. Click the icon  in the upper-right corner of the page.
  3. Click My Application Settings to see a list of Applications who's preferences are stored in the cloud.
  4. Click Clear Settings next to the application name to remove the preferences stored in the Cloud.

Clear Settings to remove the preferences stored in Creative Cloud
Clear Settings to remove the preferences stored in Creative Cloud

Learn more about Preferences in Creative Cloud.

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 +

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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