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InDesign v19 workspace comes and goes erratically

Community Expert ,
Jan 11, 2024 Jan 11, 2024

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I feel like an idiot having to finally give up and ask this, but how do I get my chosen workspace to stay up and available? (Win 11, ID 19.0.1 but persistent since first v19 release.)

 

What I want is simple: if ID is open, I want my workspace (all panes and palettes) visible. I use an enormous spread of panes that I've optimized over the years, and hate having to go look for things. Through the end of v18, other than the occasional glitch after an update or prefs reset, ID has quietly met this requirement and displayed my workspace from startup to exit, regardless of what doc I may or may not have open.

 

Since v19, ID seems to refuse to open a workspace until I open a document. Bad enough, except that I have occasionally opened ID to find my full workspace laid out, so it must be possible, right? And then it's a crapshoot as to whether the workspace will open even when I do open a regular work doc, one that has been closed multiple times with the full and proper layout around it. (I get a nearly empty ID screen with just the menu bar and doc window in those cases.)

 

No other problems with the UI or workspaces, even when I switch (I sometimes use a compact layout when I am working across apps).

 

So what changed, or what can I change, to have ID bring up my full, preferred workspace at all times, without playing this hide-and-seek game?


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Community Expert , Jan 11, 2024 Jan 11, 2024

So, this happens while  'Preferences > General, and the option to Show “Home” Workspace When No Documents Are Open' is UNchecked?

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Community Expert , Jan 19, 2024 Jan 19, 2024

And yes, that was it. My whole workspace now comes up regardless of the open doc status.

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Jan 11, 2024 Jan 11, 2024

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It looks like this is not a problem on the Mac with 19.0.1 (Ventura 13.6). Have you tried deleting your InDesign cache files? As I'm sure you know interface issues can often be cleared up by doing that. It seems at least worth a try.

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So, this happens while  'Preferences > General, and the option to Show “Home” Workspace When No Documents Are Open' is UNchecked?

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That might have done it, although I've seen every combination in the last few weeks  — home screen with and without workspace, opened doc with and without, etc. But it seems to consistently open with the full workspace with that unchecked. Tentative thanks. 🙂


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And yes, that was it. My whole workspace now comes up regardless of the open doc status.


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