Every time I open a document that uses Adobe fonts, Indesign tells me I have missing fonts and makes me manually load them. Why, when I have the fonts loaded in CC and set to auto-activate in Indesign, do I have to waste time doing this over and over?
I am running Indesign 16 64bit on Windows 10 (updated to latest IND two days ago). I have uninstalled the fonts and re-installed them, and I have exited CC and re-logged on. Those actions had zero effect.
I haven't seen this exact question here, but I see many, many people describing problems with Adobe fonts, and the upshot is that they are dangerously unreliable. I'm working on a yearly report right now that is the reason my department exists. Should I find some different fonts to use?
Try resetting your preferences.
That doesn't work. I hit Shift+Ctrl+Alt after starting, held it during starting, and held it before starting, and I didn't get asked any questions about preferences or anything else.
Any other suggestions?
By the way, I see the User Guide describing the same process for deleting preferences. It still doesn't work.
I can only tell you you are doing it incorrectly.
If the keyboard shortcut isn't working for you then try deleting preferences manually,
To do so:
For Macintosh Users: The User Library folder in which InDesign’s preferences are stored is hidden by default on most Macintoshes. To access it make sure that InDesign is closed and click on the desktop to launch a Finder Window (Command-N). With this window in column view follow the path User>Home folder (it’s the folder with an icon that looks like a house—it may have the user’s name rather than “Home”) and click on the Home folder. With the Option Key pressed choose Library from the Finder Go Menu. “Library” will now appear within the Home folder. Within the Library folder find the folder called Preferences and within it find the folder called “Adobe InDesign” and the file called “com.adobe.InDesign.plist” and delete both that folder and that file. When InDesign is next launched it will create new preference files and the program will be restored to its defaults.
For Windows Users: On Windows 7 and above the preference files are hidden. To find them go to the Control Panel and open Folder Options and then click the View tab. Then select “Show hidden files and folders” or “Show hidden files, folders or drive options” in Advanced Settings. Then delete (or rename) the folder at the end of this path: C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\<Version #>\<Language>. Make sure that InDesign is closed when you do this. When you relaunch the program it will create new preference files and the program will be at its default settings.
The advantage of manually deleting preference files is that after you’ve reset up the program (make sure that no document window is open) to your liking, you can create copies of your personalized “mint” preference files (make sure that you quit the program before copying them—that finalizes your customization) and use them in the future to replace any corrupt versions you may need to delete.
I knew about this and was going to try it this morning. Thanks for not assuming I'm incompetent.
Thank you Bill Silbert. As Eugene Tyson suggested, deleting the preferences appears to have worked. When I opened my document, the fonts loaded automatically without forcing me to take some action. Hopefully, this aspect of the program will continue to operate correctly.
I'm having the same problem. Could you specifically tell me what's to be deleted from the end of the path (C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\<Version #>\<Language>)? Because I have several folders and files at the end of this path. Or did you mean to that the actual "language" folder should be deleted or renamed?
And how do you fix this issue if the above mentioned file isn't there?!?!?!?!?!?!?
No, you can only tell me that it works for you there. I have done EXACTLY what you suggest and what the Adobe user guide specifies, and I have tried multiple variations on those instructions. It * does * not * work here on this copy of indesign on this machine.
On Windows, I attempted to use these instructions and, like tomhock's experience, doing as listed ("Start InDesign, and then press Shift+Ctrl+Alt) did not work. However, it did work, if I followed the pattern stated in the Mac OS instructions. For Windows this meant, While pressing Shift+Ctrl+Alt, start InDesign. After that, the dialogue box opened that asked, "want to delete preference files."
I don't know if this tip will be applicable on Windows, but I've found on the Mac if I deactivate Adobe Fonts through the Adobe Creative Cloud app they often don't really deactivate. For best results I always go to the website and deactivate and reactivate there: https://fonts.adobe.com.
And, you have to always have the latest version of InDesign, which you mentioned you have. When updates come out, the font auto-activation almost always breaks until I update the app.
"And, you have to always have the latest version of InDesign, which you mentioned you have. When updates come out, the font auto-activation almost always breaks until I update the app. "
Your statement reflects my experience, too, which puts this issue into the category of a bug that needs to be fixed. Any idea how to get Adobe's attention for this? We should not have to troubleshoot this issue every time there is an update to InDesign. It is absolutely annoying and frustrating.
I agree with you. I don't know how to get their attention. I have my own theory about this and it has to do with them wanting everyone to upgrade to the latest version. Maybe it's not intentional, but it definitely feels that way.
This worked for me on a PC. THe fonts that I activated finally showed up after I cleared the preference files in InDesign.
Every freaking year when Adobe updates for the next year, the fonts deactivate and we have to reset our preferences. This loses a lot of time to reset up and affects ligs, presets, etc. Adobe is large enough that by now, they should have figured out how to update to the next year without causeing us the yearly weekly loss of time to fix all the glitches, especially with font management.
Something I realized is when you open a file from a previous version, it says "Converted" next to the file name.
Use File > Save as to save over the same file to clear out the "Converted" at the top.
Close the file, then open again. The fonts will often activate now.
I have a user who is still having issues after we deleted prefs, uninstalled InDesign, then reinstalled it. Not sure what is going on, but it seems to be just her computer, so can't blame Adobe. Other people are able to activate the fonts in this file. Go figure. She's on a Mac running Big Sur.
This was the fix for our user who could not activate fonts yesterday no matter what she did. Maybe it will help someone else.
If fonts won't activate:
Fonts will hopefully now activate.