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InDesign and multiple monitors

New Here ,
Mar 29, 2018 Mar 29, 2018

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I have looked for threads about this and haven't seen any, so here goes.

I am running InDesign 13.1 on a MacPro running OS 10.13.3.

I have three Dell monitors, the right one is vertical and it has the OS Menu bar and some [long] InDesign palettes.

The center is horizontal and holds the Application Frame, the left monitor is horizontal and holds a number of InDesign palettes.

I want the Application Frame to open on my center monitor at launch -- it opens on my right-most monitor so I have to move it every morning.

I know it CAN work because it works for Photoshop [19.1.2] and Illustrator [22.1] plus it DID work with InDesign 2017 [12.1.0].

I have saved a custom workspace many times to no avail.

It worked with InDesign 2017, so is it an InDesign 2018 thing?

Any ideas?

Gracias

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Adobe Employee , Apr 17, 2018 Apr 17, 2018

HI Gunzablazin8591,

Ideally InDesign and other Adobe applications too, should open on the monitor where it was closed last time.

  • Open Adobe InDesign.
  • Drag the InDesign window to the monitor you would like it to open on when launched.
  • Make certain the window is not maximized.
  • Close Adobe InDesign.
  • TEST: The next time you open Adobe InDesign it should open in your desired monitor.

If it is not opening on desired monitor , please try setting the second monitor as your primary screen  and check how it work

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 29, 2018 Mar 29, 2018

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I thought the Application Frame always sat wherever the main (OS) window bar was. But you said it worked with 2017...maybe try making the center monitor the one with the menu bar...

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 17, 2018 Apr 17, 2018

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HI Gunzablazin8591,

Ideally InDesign and other Adobe applications too, should open on the monitor where it was closed last time.

  • Open Adobe InDesign.
  • Drag the InDesign window to the monitor you would like it to open on when launched.
  • Make certain the window is not maximized.
  • Close Adobe InDesign.
  • TEST: The next time you open Adobe InDesign it should open in your desired monitor.

If it is not opening on desired monitor , please try setting the second monitor as your primary screen  and check how it works?

Use multiple displays with your Mac - Apple Support

Regards,

Srishti

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Community Expert ,
Apr 17, 2018 Apr 17, 2018

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This certainly doesn’t work on Windows. InDesign on a multi monitor system on Windows is absolute travesty unless both monitors are identical and set to identical scaling percentages.

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New Here ,
Apr 17, 2018 Apr 17, 2018

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Srishti,

Shortly after I posted this question it worked, and I 'm thinking it was likely due to doing [absentmindedly] what you have outlined here.

Thank you

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New Here ,
Apr 08, 2022 Apr 08, 2022

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GREAT SCOTT! I found the answer!!!! It took me a while to figure out. It bugged me for so long. GO TO 

 

WINDOW >> APPLICATION FRAME


When "unchecked" it keeps it locked on the one monitor. When Checked, you can move the application frame to another monitor. 

 

Happy Designing!

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New Here ,
Jun 01, 2022 Jun 01, 2022

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I think this depends on what you mean by 'application frame'. The window itself, with the document you are working on, can be moved freely around. But, at least for me, that 'application frame' is either stuck on the wrong monitor, or it is not there at all (unchecked for 'application frame'). So for me, it is a 'fix', but not at good one at all ...

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 06, 2022 Jun 06, 2022

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Same! Project window moves freely to second monitor, but application tool bars etc. remain welded to first. Maddening!!!!

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New Here ,
Jul 26, 2022 Jul 26, 2022

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I've been havig the same problem: project window moves freely to second monitor, but application tool bars etc. remain welded to first. Clicking Apllication Frame on worked for me. It freed up the tool bars and frame so that the whole thing moves to the other screen together.  THANK YOU!

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 27, 2022 Jul 27, 2022

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Glad to hear that @brookeh94209924 Feel free to reach out if you need any further assistance.

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New Here ,
Sep 04, 2022 Sep 04, 2022

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Hi 

I had same issue with project window moves freely to second monitor, but application tool bars etc. remain welded to first. I tried the solution of clicking aplication frame, but it doesn't worked to me. I am using MacOS Monterey Version 12.5.1, M1 Pro chip. 

 

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New Here ,
Sep 20, 2022 Sep 20, 2022

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Have you resolved the issue yet? I find myself having the same issue.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

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I updated, then deinstalled the app, when reinstalled and restarted the problem was resolved. Seems dumb, but it might have been a bug they fixed in update. 

 

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New Here ,
Oct 09, 2022 Oct 09, 2022

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It resolved after rised the issue in September. However, this problem happens again in October. I reinstalled the InDesign, it still not working. Struggling right now. 

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New Here ,
Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

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Same exact issue here, same system set up. Clicking Application Frame does not work. I'm constantly trying to fix my InDesign workspace every day, and it doesn't help that I switch to different types of second monitors when I'm working from home vs. going into the office and using theirs.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 11, 2022 Oct 11, 2022

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Oh the same dumb thing is happening again - working page won't move to second monitor - and the deinstall fix doesn't work this time. Arrgh. Why why why?

 

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New Here ,
Oct 27, 2022 Oct 27, 2022

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This keeps happenning again and again. Why this issue hasn't been fixed? 

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2022 Oct 30, 2022

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New update just broke this for me, I cannot get InDesign to move to 2nd monitor no matter if Application Frame is checked or unchecked. Driving me crazy and majorly slowing down my workflow.

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2022 Oct 30, 2022

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Ok update this seems to have patched it for me (for now)

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/the-indesign-application-frame-gets-stuck-outsid...

 

Moving my second monitor to "below" my main monitor in the display settings (even tho technically that's now how they're arranged) seems to allow Indesign to free up the application frame.

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