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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Try maximizing the window:
I am having the same issues. There is no top bar with the colored circle to close or minimize.
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.
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
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?
Kelwells: please provide a screenshot, along with your operating system and the version of InDesign that you are using.
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!
Will remember this next time. I restarted the InDesign and that worked too. Thanks!
thank you Amy! 🙂 x
Bless you! That solved it immediately. You're my new favorite person.
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.
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