Indesign behaves strangely: Reset or thrash Indesign preferences

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There are times when it might seems that Indesign starts to behave very strangely… like it crashes in the middle or does not start at all. Or menus seems to be wrongly placed or there are lot of customization to the keyboard or Indesign settings.

If the above mentioned are the behaviors you experienced then this is the time to reset the Indesign preference than re-installing it again; as it may not only saves a lot of time but also replace them with a new set of default preferences, and often end bad behavior.

So to reset here is a fast and quick method using Ctrl + Alt + Shift (Windows) or Cmd + Ctrl + Opt + Shift (Mac) keys. To use these key combination, first you need to close and relaunch Indesign, and before the Indesign window appears press these keys immediately… if everything happens good you will receive a confirmation dialogue asking if you really want to replace the preferences. Just approve the confirmation and all settings and preferences of will be reset to the default ones.

Though the above trick is somehow good to tackle most of the problems with Indesing but still there are some drawback too… like firstly; you have to be to quick to on the keyboard (if you don’t see the confirmation prompt, you were too slow), and second, anytime you replace the preferences you will lose most program customizations, and using the keyboard method leaves you with no backup to restore them when the problem turns out to be something else.

Though if you are slow pressing this combination; here I may suggest you one suggestion…. you may have this combination of keys pressed and using mouse locate the shortcut of Indesign and click on that… doing so, will also prompt with you the confirmation dialogue whether you really want to reset  the preferences and settings. Hope this will solve your problem. Enjoy….

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