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InDesign workspace window is off screen

New Here ,
Feb 11, 2020 Feb 11, 2020

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I was using InDesign at work with my laptop connected to my fancy new superwide monitor. Then I came home and tried to open the same files on my laptop without the superwide monitor. The workspace windows are apparently opening up offscreen where I can't see or grab them. I've tried changing the resolution, but can't go small enough to pull the windows into view. I've done a lot of searches on the topic but nothing seems to help or reset the windows and all the solutions provided are from at least a year ago. Any other suggestions?

 

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New Here , Jun 10, 2020 Jun 10, 2020
My workspace was completely off the screen while using InDesign on my macbook pro. (It happened after disconnecting from a larger display monitor.)I've been searching for an answer and this just worked for me  - In InDesign go to Window and make sure Application Frame is unchecked.  Once I did this the application window popped back in where I was able to resize it.Hope this helps! -amy

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 11, 2020 Feb 11, 2020

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Try maximizing the window:

  • Mac: click the green circle in the top left
  • Windows: double click the title bar

~Barb

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 01, 2020 Jun 01, 2020

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I am having the same issues. There is no top bar with the colored circle to close or minimize. 

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 11, 2020 Feb 11, 2020

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Very frustrating when that happens. Try the following:

 

1. If you're on a Mac, make sure that InDesign's application window is fitted to your screen by clicking on the green "+" button in the upper left.

2. Reset your preferred workspace by clicking on the workspace button and selecting "Reset WorkspaceName". For example, if you're using the Essentials Workspace, select Reset Essentials.

3. If that still doesn't work, try resetting your monitor resolution to any setting, then changing it back to the current setting.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 01, 2020 Jun 01, 2020

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Neither of these optins worked for me. Resetting the workspace made the tool bars and such disappear, assumingly to the wherever the rest of inDesign is at

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 02, 2020 Jun 02, 2020

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Can you provide a screenshot of your desktop with InDesign as the active application so that we can get a better idea of what might be happening?

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New Here ,
Jun 25, 2021 Jun 25, 2021

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Thank you. chaning resolution, then changing back works perfectly on Mac Mini M1 running Illustrator 2021 Silicon Beta.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 02, 2020 Jun 02, 2020

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Kelwells: please provide a screenshot, along with your operating system and the version of InDesign that you are using.

 

~Barb

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New Here ,
Jun 10, 2020 Jun 10, 2020

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My workspace was completely off the screen while using InDesign on my macbook pro. (It happened after disconnecting from a larger display monitor.)

I've been searching for an answer and this just worked for me  - In InDesign go to Window and make sure Application Frame is unchecked.  Once I did this the application window popped back in where I was able to resize it.

Hope this helps!

 

-amy

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 22, 2020 Jun 22, 2020

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Will remember this next time. I restarted the InDesign and that worked too. Thanks!

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New Here ,
Jul 22, 2020 Jul 22, 2020

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thank you Amy! 🙂 x

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New Here ,
Oct 03, 2020 Oct 03, 2020

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Bless you! That solved it immediately. You're my new favorite person. 

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New Here ,
Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

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THANK YOU!  I have resolved this issue (unplugging from my large work monitor & coming home to have "lost" indesign) by using the other methods here but I'd just worked myself into a true panic when I came upon your tip. It worked! You've saved me from going all the way back to the office to finish a deadline project this morning. 

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New Here ,
Sep 04, 2021 Sep 04, 2021

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This is the only thing that has ever worked for me (after many painful episodes). And it's so easy!!! Thank you! 

 

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New Here ,
Sep 10, 2021 Sep 10, 2021

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THANK YOU!!!! i literally was trying to figure this out for so long and last minute i said let me google this, your answer is the ONLY one that worked!!! thank you for preventing me to restart my laptop!!!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 22, 2020 Jul 22, 2020

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If you're on a Windows laptop try this:

 

Press the Windows+Up Arrow keys to Maximize the window. This should pop the entire InDesign document window to fullscreen on your laptop screen. Don't reduce it though, without hooking up to your external monitor unless you don't want to see it and go through this all over again. Alas, there's no exact equivalent in MacOS, but you can try Option+Spacebar keys and see if it works for your Mac laptop. It may, but it's more of a crapshoot.

 

Good luck,

 

Randy

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New Here ,
Apr 06, 2021 Apr 06, 2021

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I found my color window to be off the screen and I couldn't get it back.  I had tried resetting the workspace and adjusting my resolutions as advised but no luck. 

 

What worked for me, on Windows 10 Pro

 

  • Open InDesign - fullscreen
  • Open the color window
  • Right-clicking on the WINDOWS taskbar
  • Select "Show windows side by side"

 

Good Luck!

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 22, 2021 Jul 22, 2021

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@adobe make a simple pull-down menu to fix this.

 

Apple native apps have Window>Zoom that fits the application window to screen.

 

The above suggestions do not work

  • The green resize button off screen
  • Reset workspace pull-down is also off screen
  • Window > Application frame just explodes my workspace and is still off screen

 

Please provide a pull-down menu like Mac OS across all CS apps.

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