Installing InDesign on my second computer (home) loses ALL custom settings

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May 22, 2022 May 22, 2022

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As time passes there's been several methods for migrating from one old version to another new one and keep all customizations. None of them have ever just worked good for me. Every time it's a hassle.

 

Now in 2022 the method for syncing should be "the previous settings and preferences are automatically synced in new installation" Several hour later, "automatically" doesn't work great either. 

 

I've done a clean install (erased all traces of Adobe) and installed anew.

Same thing: all of my custom settings and preferences are lost.
No workspaces (found non-Adobe workaroud for that)
No custom keyboard shortcuts

I've checked on "registrered devices" on adobe.com and the list does not show my home computer, so it seems there's some disconnect of some kind.

Anyone got any idea what I can do to get my keyboard shortcuts working?
I've tried all the previous tricks with copy/pasting text into the file, copying the file, copying the folders etc. 

Thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional , May 23, 2022 May 23, 2022

Just to clarify, we're talking about moving your preferences from one computer to another, and not from one version to the next version on the same computer. Is that correct?

 

Are you on a Mac computer or Windows? I just did this recently. On my Mac, most of the necessary files are found in Library | Preferences | Adobe InDesign | Version [XX] | [Language]. I airdropped these four folders to the new compter and moved them to the language folder and was up and running again in minutes. migrate.png

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May 22, 2022 May 22, 2022

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Have you tried this command if you're in InDesign 2022 trying to carry over your settings from InDesign 2021?

 

Edit > Previous Local Settings

 

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May 23, 2022 May 23, 2022

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Hello. Thank you for your reply.
No, this does not do anything for me unfortunately. (I am installing fresh, so there's no previous presets and settings I guess. I was hoping it would sync automatically from the Creative Cloud, but that has not happened.)

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May 23, 2022 May 23, 2022

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Years ago we had the option to sync our settings across our computers. That feature does not exist anymore. You will need to move the folders I specified from the old computer to the new computer. Let us know if you have any questions, or if you need any settings I didn't point out. 

 

Note that the Library folder on macOS and the AppData folder on Windows are both hidden by default. You will need to show your hidden files/folders on both systems for this to work.

 

~Barb

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Just to clarify, we're talking about moving your preferences from one computer to another, and not from one version to the next version on the same computer. Is that correct?

 

Are you on a Mac computer or Windows? I just did this recently. On my Mac, most of the necessary files are found in Library | Preferences | Adobe InDesign | Version [XX] | [Language]. I airdropped these four folders to the new compter and moved them to the language folder and was up and running again in minutes. migrate.png

If you are on Windows, and if this answers the question, let us know and we can give you the correct path.

 

EDIT: for Windows 10, it's  %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\

 

~Barb

 

 

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May 23, 2022 May 23, 2022

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Hello Barb. Thank you for your reply.

 

I’m sorry, yes I am on a Mac. And yes, I am talking about moving my preferences from one computer to another.

I had little confidence in your suggestion to be honest, because I’ve already done something similar by copying the whole en_US folder

/Users/on/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/Version 16.0/en_US

And that did not work. But your solution worked like magic! Thank you so much.

I am a happy InDesigner again!

 

I hope you have a great day! You too, Steve!

 

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Excellent. You might want to bookmark this page because we need to go through this each time we add install InDesign on a new computer. Airdrop makes it super easy though—this was the fastest transfer for me, by far. 

 

~Barb

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Done! 👍 

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