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I updated to InDesign 2021 (16), but have left 2020 intact. Now I cannot change the default program in Windows 10. The program does not show up in the "Default apps", and even if I right click and choose the correct file, it does not register. I have to open 2021 and then use the "open file" option. There is no way to click on an InDesign file and have it default to 2021.
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Try installing/reinstalling InDesign 2021 using the CC desktop app.
Thanks for the advice. I was a little nervous about doing this, but it worked like a charm!
I had this problem too, however re-installing just 2021 didn't do it for me. Unless I uninstall and reinstall all indesign versions and install them in the correct order.
The only way I was able to fix this was to type "default apps" in the start menu, click on "choose a default app for each type of file" , look for .indd extension, then choose the correct app you want it to open with, in this case, Indesign 2021. Hope this helps anyone else with this issue.
Unless I uninstall and reinstall all indesign versions and install them in the correct order.
In case anyone else reads this thread, Adobe only offers the current version and the one previous for reinstalling. If older versions are uninstalled, they may be gone.
I solved this problem by going into the registry editor and changing the key "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InDesign.Document\Shell\Open\Command" to point to the correct version.
However only do this if you happy to take some risks and know what you're doing.
I believe can help you here. Let's go step-by-step through the process to do that with Microsoft Windows 10:
Clicking on the More apps link will show you perhaps several options for other programs which may be able to open your .indd file. Many of them may be wrong. Scroll to the bottom and you'll see a link to Look for another app on this PC. Click that link.
Realize after you do this, you're not done yet. You'll have to go through this same process for InDesign template (.indt), InDesign library (.indl), InDesign book (.indb) and InDesign CS4 or Later interchange (.idml) files too to set IDCC 2021 for your default program straight across the board for working with InDesign files.
Hope this helps,
Thanks, that is indeed how it is supposed to work, but at least in my case it did not. Only directly changing the registry helped (but I would not recommend that unless you know what you're doing).
Also this gets randomly overwritten when InDesign versions are updated.
BTW I had started a thread about a related issue earlier.