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INDD File Extension

Adobe InDesign Document
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    Adobe Systems
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What is INDD file?

Files with the INDD extension store professional projects of page layouts , created with the Adoba InDesing program. They store only important data, such as content of the page, graphic design, information on formatting, styles, information on related files and many other elements.

Repairing INDD files

INDD files have also an untypical property. In case of damaging, it is possible to repair them using the Stellar Phoenix InDesign Repair program, which was created for purpose of retrieving such files.

Interesting facts about INDD files

  1. One may encounter a different type of naming of such files – the abbreviated, three-letter form – IND, however, these are still the same INDD files.
  2. Characteristics of INDD files enables them to be exported into PDF format.
  3. INDD is the main file format utilised by Adobe InDesign.
  4. Projects saved in INDD files are often used as a base for publishing various materials, e.g.: books, magazines, leaflets, etc.

Programs which support INDD file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with INDD files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with INDD extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Updated: 12/01/2019

How to open file with INDD extension?

Problems with accessing INDD may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with INDD files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with INDD files.

Step 1. Install Adobe InDesign software

Install software to open INDD file Problems with opening and working with INDD files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with INDD files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Adobe InDesign or one to the listed programs: QuarkXPress, ID2Q (InDesign to Quark), PUB2ID (Publisher to InDesign). On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading Adobe InDesign installed is by going to developer’s website (Adobe Systems Incorporated) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Adobe InDesign

Update software that support file extension INDDIf the problems with opening INDD files still occur even after installing Adobe InDesign, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Adobe InDesign is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why INDD files are not compatible with Adobe InDesign. The most recent version of Adobe InDesign is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open INDD files to Adobe InDesign

If you have the latest version of Adobe InDesign installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage INDD on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with INDD file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the INDD with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Adobe InDesign installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open INDD files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with INDD file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected INDD file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with INDD extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the INDD for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper INDD file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check INDD file for viruses
1. Verify that the INDD in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the INDD file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the INDD file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic INDD file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the INDD file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Adobe InDesign Document file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle Adobe InDesign

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support INDD files. Close all running programs and try opening the INDD file.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Adobe InDesign Document files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle INDD files.

Conversion of a INDD file

File Conversions from INDD extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to INDD file
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