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In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, co-hosts of the web's top resource for InDesign tips and tricks, InDesignSecrets.com, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.
New techniques will be added to the collection every other week, so check back early and often. Find more tips and tricks at indesignsecrets.com.
- Maybe you're Swedish, but you have to work with an English version of InDesign. Or maybe you're using the Japanese version of InDesign, but you want English menus. Currently, InDesign doesn't have any way to change the UI or user interface, but there is kind of a crazy hack that will do it. However, as a far as I can tell, this particular trick only works in InDesign CS6 and InDesign CC. Right now, I'm using the U.S. version of InDesign. But I'm going to quit out of InDesign and show you the trick. First, you need to open up the InDesign program file.
On the Mac, that's inside the Applications folder. On Windows, it's inside the Program Files folder. Once you have the InDesign folder open, look for a folder called Presets. I'll open that and inside here there's a folder called InDesign Shortcuts Sets. Let's double-click on that. And now there's a cryptic folder called en_US. That means I'm using the English U.S. version of InDesign. Now as it turns out, if I change that code, I change InDesign. But what kind of code should I use? Well, you can find different codes on the web.
For example, here on my website, indesignsecrets.com, if you just search for "change UI language," you will find this blog post that has a list of a bunch of different codes. Let's go ahead and use German, which is de_DE. I'll head back to my desktop. And I'm going to change this code to just what I found: de_DE. Now I'm going to go up one level and change it in one more place, InDesign Workspaces. I'll open that folder and change this to the same code.
Now I'm ready to try it out. I'm going to go back to the Adobe InDesign program file and launch InDesign. Now, the first thing you will notice is that all the menus have changed and the menu items inside of them. There are a few menu items that don't translate like Liquid Layout, but there's really nothing you can do about that. Most of them do change, though. But the second thing you will notice is where's the rest of my user interface? Where are all the panels? Well, here's what you need to do. See this little floating panel up here that just says ID.
That is a pop-up menu, and this is all the work-spaces that InDesign knows about, all the ones that are built in. These names don't get translated into the other language, but you can simply choose one of these. Like I'll choose Advanced and all of a sudden, the rest of the application pops into view. Even all of the names of the panels and items inside the panel have changed. So this is great! But by the way, I need to mention two things. First, switching to a different language does not give you any extra features. Like if you change to Chinese, you don't get the Chinese vertical text features.
Same thing with Hebrew or Arabic or Japanese. You can add those feature with the World Tools plug-in from in-tools.com, but that's extra. And second, I need to emphasize that this is not a documented or supported feature by Adobe. This is a hack and while it appears to work pretty well in my testing, neither I nor Adobe guarantees that it will continue working in the way you want or expect. But like I said, it's worked pretty well in my testing. And I've heard from users all over the world that they're using this trick.
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