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The InDesign Tutorials that used to launch within the program are now gone

Community Beginner ,
Mar 28, 2019

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Yesterday, I was going through the InDesign tutorial videos that launched in a separate window within the InDesign program.  Today, I cannot get them to appear.  I can go to Help and Tutorials and the Adobe website and tutorials launches in my browser.  For a variety of reasons, I would rather use the tutorials that were within the program (easier to resize window, easier to run while I have other things going on in browser windows, etc.).  So, yes, I can get the same results in the browser versions of the tutorial, but it is really frustrating that the in-program tutorial window seems to no longer be available when I much preferred using that.  Does anyone know how to launch the in-program tutorials?

I just found that there is a (new?) panel available from the menus that I had never noticed before, and I suspect that this is what you were using to watch tutorials: Window » Learn.

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The InDesign Tutorials that used to launch within the program are now gone

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Mar 28, 2019

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Yesterday, I was going through the InDesign tutorial videos that launched in a separate window within the InDesign program.  Today, I cannot get them to appear.  I can go to Help and Tutorials and the Adobe website and tutorials launches in my browser.  For a variety of reasons, I would rather use the tutorials that were within the program (easier to resize window, easier to run while I have other things going on in browser windows, etc.).  So, yes, I can get the same results in the browser versions of the tutorial, but it is really frustrating that the in-program tutorial window seems to no longer be available when I much preferred using that.  Does anyone know how to launch the in-program tutorials?

I just found that there is a (new?) panel available from the menus that I had never noticed before, and I suspect that this is what you were using to watch tutorials: Window » Learn.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2019

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You didn't tell us what version of InDesign you're using. In Indesign CC 2019, I'm seeing tutorials under the Learn tab of the Start screen.

Make sure you haven't turned off "Show 'Start Screen'" in General Preferences,

If that doesn't work restore your InDesign preferences:

Set preferences in Adobe InDesign

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2019

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Here's what they look like for me:

Screen Shot 2019-03-28 at 7.22.13 AM.png

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2019

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They are all browser based. There are no in-app tutorials and there never have been. The original poster may be confusing them with another application.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 28, 2019

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That's what they look like for me today too, but it says that they will open in a browser.  Yesterday, I had a very small window within the program that would allow me to choose and play the tutorials (the same videos) in a popup window that appeared to be InDesign (definitely was not opening in a browser).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2019

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I've almost never watched the tutorials since I teach InDesign. But I've never seen that. Maybe someone else has a suggestion.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 28, 2019

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I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone, because I just spent about 4 hours yesterday going through the same tutorials that are now only available in a browser, but going through them in a non-browser window, which I think was within the InDesign program.  I am hoping someone from Adobe will verify that I am not losing my mind.  I wish I could remember exactly what it was, but it was a small rectangular window that opened up on top of the InDesign screen in the upper left corner.  I could move and resize that window separately, and it most certainly was not a browser window, nor did it appear to be a media player type window.  It was way easier to use than having to use a browser, which it seems today is my only option.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2019

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I do sometime watch videos from Lynda.com (now LinkedIn Learning) which play in a browser. I just flip back and forth with Cmd-Tab on my Mac as I'm watching (between the browser and the application I'm learning) and it has worked pretty well for me. If I miss something, I can just rewind the video, and start again.

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Explorer ,
Mar 29, 2019

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I just found that there is a (new?) panel available from the menus that I had never noticed before, and I suspect that this is what you were using to watch tutorials: Window » Learn.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 30, 2019

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In InDesign, the Learn panel (I'm told) only appears on come copies. Supposedly, when you signed up for Creative Cloud, you were asked your experience level. If you selected Beginner, it was added. That's why not everyone has it.

Everyone has access to the Learn section of the Start screen, which is what I was describing.

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Mar 30, 2019

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Interesting that the Learn panel would only appear based on a question when you signed up for CC. This would have been many years after I started using InDesign, so I am unlikely to have selected Beginner at that point. Then again, I only noticed the panel yesterday while doing something else, so its availability could well be tied in with resetting preferences or some such thing. Dunno.

In any case, I was merely trying to help Soccerlemon with the original question, which specifically asked where to find the tutorials seen within the app—and specifically excluded the ones in the Start screen that are browser-based.

That said, for online (instead of in-app) tutorials I very much second the Lynda.com (now LinkedIn Learning) video courses, beginning with David Blatner’s wonderful InDesign Essential Training. (Edit: It is worth mentioning that, at least in the US, full access to Lynda.com is often available for free through your local public library.)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 30, 2019

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The Learn panel is actually pretty strange. It appeared with version 13.1 in March 2018.

I included it in an InDesignSecrets.com post here:

https://indesignsecrets.com/whats-new-in-indesign-cc-2018-1-march-2018-release.php

I gave you the official explanation for when it appears but some people who are obviously not beginners see it (including me) and others not. It's only in English USA version and is not available for Enterprise customers.

I generally forget about it which is why I responded that it wasn't there.

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 30, 2019

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It is also available from clicking the light globe icon (next to the 'publish online' icon)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 30, 2019

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You can also  open it from the Window menu. Window > Learn.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 01, 2019

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Thanks so much Eric.  I did look in the Window menu but I must have missed Learn because I was probably looking for Tutorials.   That is exactly what I was trying to find, and I am glad I found it again because I really do find it easier than trying to watch the video in a browser window.  I don't remember being asked if I was a beginner when I first installed the program, but I may have chosen that option just because I wanted to review the basics of the newest version (I was proficient in ID several versions ago and hadn't used it since). 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 01, 2019

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Quite often access to Lynda.com is free in Canada too through libraries.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 28, 2019

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Sorry, I have version CC.

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I do not recall ever seeing in-app tutorials in InDesign, they are all browser-based. You might be thinking of Photoshop, which does have in-app tutorials.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 28, 2019

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I was just going through the tutorials in InDesign yesterday!  Now I wish I would have taken a screen shot.  I have no idea why suddenly today my only option is to open them in a browser!

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I figured out what you were looking for as I was having the same issue. In the top right corner where there's the seach bar, go left to where you see a light bulb icon. That houses the in-app video tutorials.

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