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How to tell which InDesign Lock file is locked or opened by someone else

Community Beginner ,
Jan 03, 2024 Jan 03, 2024

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I work in a folder on a server where there are several people working in that same folder. We have multiple InDesign files in it. When someone is working in a file, it will show that there are 3 out of 6 InDesign files currently opened. How do I tell which of the 6 files are open? I tried looking at the Lock File preferences, but it doesn't tell me which file is open. 

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As far as I know, InDesign provides no way (visually) to tell which of those files are locked. InDesign was not designed to be a multi-user application.

 

Your colleagues should fine a way to communicate with each other when they're opening/closing files if you're sharing them in this way.

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We try this, but sometimes people aren't available to contact. We all work remotely and our Teams app shows people as unavailable. People will leave the file open during lunch/break/meetings/overnight... UGH! We have guidelines in place, but sometimes it's just not followed.  🙂 Thank you, Steve. 

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In addition to Steve's comments, I can only say that if this is truly a problem, don't put multiple INDD files in the same folder. Create subfolders for them.

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Not an option, but thanks for your comment!

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