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I have this weird thing happening.  When I double click an InDesign file to launch InDesign and open the file I've clicked, MULTIPLE unrelated files will open. 

Example:

From Windows Explorer, Double Click "Job A" File

"Job A" File opens, followed by "Job X" opening as well.

These files are not in the same folders and do not have linked/related elements.

This started a couple of months ago and is regularly random in that a few specific files are part of the issue.

Adobe CC up-to-date as in Windows 10.

Any suggestions?  It's just annoying but not damaging to my files.

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Correct answer by Laubender | Adobe Community Professional

Hi bille25671422 ,

does this only happen if InDesign is not running before you do the double-click on the InDesign file?

Then it could be that InDesign is opening a document that once was open while InDesign crashed the last time.

To prevent that check two things:

1. Go to the directory where that unwanted document is stored.

Close all documents, look after an *.idlk file there and remove it.

2. Next step would be to trash your InDesign cache files.

Close InDesign first, then visit your Caches directory for InDesign documents.

With my German InDesign CC 2019 on Windows 10 the directory holding the cache files is at:

User Name* > AppData > Local > Adobe > InDesign > Version 14.0 > de_DE* > Caches

* Your user name will be different, your languange folder could be different.

Remove that Caches directory. InDesgn will create it again next time it starts.

Then restart InDesign, quit InDesig; nothing unusual?, then try to launch InDesign with a double-click on your InDesign file you like to open.

Regards,
Uwe

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Multiple inDesign Files launch when opening one file

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I have this weird thing happening.  When I double click an InDesign file to launch InDesign and open the file I've clicked, MULTIPLE unrelated files will open. 

Example:

From Windows Explorer, Double Click "Job A" File

"Job A" File opens, followed by "Job X" opening as well.

These files are not in the same folders and do not have linked/related elements.

This started a couple of months ago and is regularly random in that a few specific files are part of the issue.

Adobe CC up-to-date as in Windows 10.

Any suggestions?  It's just annoying but not damaging to my files.

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Correct answer by Laubender | Adobe Community Professional

Hi bille25671422 ,

does this only happen if InDesign is not running before you do the double-click on the InDesign file?

Then it could be that InDesign is opening a document that once was open while InDesign crashed the last time.

To prevent that check two things:

1. Go to the directory where that unwanted document is stored.

Close all documents, look after an *.idlk file there and remove it.

2. Next step would be to trash your InDesign cache files.

Close InDesign first, then visit your Caches directory for InDesign documents.

With my German InDesign CC 2019 on Windows 10 the directory holding the cache files is at:

User Name* > AppData > Local > Adobe > InDesign > Version 14.0 > de_DE* > Caches

* Your user name will be different, your languange folder could be different.

Remove that Caches directory. InDesgn will create it again next time it starts.

Then restart InDesign, quit InDesig; nothing unusual?, then try to launch InDesign with a double-click on your InDesign file you like to open.

Regards,
Uwe

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Are they truly unrelated? No hyperlinks to them? Not in a book file?

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Not that I can see. There are no common elements.

If InDesign is running, it's not an issue so I suspect it's some weird path that messed up.

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Hi bille25671422 ,

does this only happen if InDesign is not running before you do the double-click on the InDesign file?

Then it could be that InDesign is opening a document that once was open while InDesign crashed the last time.

To prevent that check two things:

1. Go to the directory where that unwanted document is stored.

Close all documents, look after an *.idlk file there and remove it.

2. Next step would be to trash your InDesign cache files.

Close InDesign first, then visit your Caches directory for InDesign documents.

With my German InDesign CC 2019 on Windows 10 the directory holding the cache files is at:

User Name* > AppData > Local > Adobe > InDesign > Version 14.0 > de_DE* > Caches

* Your user name will be different, your languange folder could be different.

Remove that Caches directory. InDesgn will create it again next time it starts.

Then restart InDesign, quit InDesig; nothing unusual?, then try to launch InDesign with a double-click on your InDesign file you like to open.

Regards,
Uwe

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I have this same issue with the latest version of InDesign on my PC. It happens whether InDesign is open or has been closed. When no other InDesign files are open, I click on the icon on the previously opened files to open one file, and occasionally, BOGO*-- another unrelated file opens.

*Buy one, get one (for free)

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This is happening to me as well. (BOGO - too funny, but so true!) If you've found the answer, can you reply to this or link me to the correct thread? thank you!

 

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Hi George, This isn't quite the issue I'm having ... the files haven't crashed and it's happening when InDesign is already running, not on the initial launch/opening a file. It's usually when I've been working on multiple layouts which are open at the same time ... close them, then the next time I open one of those layouts, any other ones I've had open also open. It's been happening for quite some time now. Thank you for your response though!

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Is this indd's from one book? 

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When you mean book, do you mean an InDesign file that has been created as a book? If so no, they are two unrelated InDesign documents from two different magazines that I work on.

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I have the same odd issue. Generally it is the previous document I have been working on that opens, but it can also be a less recent file. So far only one other file opens alongside the one I have selected. I am running the latest Indesign update on Windows 10 Pro. No issues yet with this when working on Mac at home.

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I get the same thing. Seems like it opens a file right before or right after the one I select to open on the home screen. 

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Happens to me all the time too.

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