Auto-activate adobe fonts does not work in Indesign

Participant ,
Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Every time I open a document that uses Adobe fonts, Indesign tells me I have missing fonts and makes me manually load them.  Why, when I have the fonts loaded in CC and set to auto-activate in Indesign, do I have to waste time doing this over and over? 

 

I am running Indesign 16 64bit on Windows 10 (updated to latest IND two days ago).  I have uninstalled the fonts and re-installed them, and I have exited CC and re-logged on.  Those actions had zero effect.

I haven't seen this exact question here, but I see many, many people describing problems with Adobe fonts, and the upshot is that they are dangerously unreliable.  I'm working on a yearly report right now that is the reason my department exists. Should I find some different fonts to use?

TOPICS
Bug, Type

Views

516

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines

correct answers 1 Correct answer

Adobe Community Professional , Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020
If the keyboard shortcut isn't working for you then try deleting preferences manually, To do so: For Macintosh Users: The User Library folder in which InDesign’s preferences are stored is hidden by default on most Macintoshes. To access it make sure that InDesign is closed and click on the desktop to launch a Finder Window (Command-N). With this window in column view follow the path User>Home folder (it’s the folder with an icon that looks like a house—it may have the user’s name rather than “Ho...

Likes

Translate

Translate
Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Try resetting your preferences.

 

Restore all preferences and default settings
  1. (Windows) Start InDesign, and then press Shift+Ctrl+Alt. Click Yes when asked if you want to delete preference files.
  2. (Mac OS) While pressing Shift+Option+Command+Control, start InDesign. Click Yes when asked if you want to delete preference files.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Participant ,
Oct 26, 2020 Oct 26, 2020

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

That doesn't work.  I hit Shift+Ctrl+Alt after starting, held it during starting, and held it before starting, and I didn't get asked any questions about preferences or anything else.

 

Any other suggestions?

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Participant ,
Oct 26, 2020 Oct 26, 2020

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

By the way, I see the User Guide describing the same process for deleting preferences.  It still doesn't work.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I can only tell you you are doing it incorrectly.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

If the keyboard shortcut isn't working for you then try deleting preferences manually,

To do so:

For Macintosh Users: The User Library folder in which InDesign’s preferences are stored is hidden by default on most Macintoshes. To access it make sure that InDesign is closed and click on the desktop to launch a Finder Window (Command-N). With this window in column view follow the path User>Home folder (it’s the folder with an icon that looks like a house—it may have the user’s name rather than “Home”) and click on the Home folder. With the Option Key pressed choose Library from the Finder Go Menu. “Library” will now appear within the Home folder. Within the Library folder find the folder called Preferences and within it find the folder called “Adobe InDesign” and the file called “com.adobe.InDesign.plist” and delete both that folder and that file. When InDesign is next launched it will create new preference files and the program will be restored to its defaults.

For Windows Users: On Windows 7 and above the preference files are hidden. To find them go to the Control Panel and open Folder Options and then click the View tab. Then select “Show hidden files and folders” or “Show hidden files, folders or drive options” in Advanced Settings. Then delete (or rename) the folder at the end of this path: C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\<Version #>\<Language>. Make sure that InDesign is closed when you do this. When you relaunch the program it will create new preference files and the program will be at its default settings.

The advantage of manually deleting preference files is that after you’ve reset up the program (make sure that no document window is open) to your liking, you can create copies of your personalized “mint” preference files (make sure that you quit the program before copying them—that finalizes your customization) and use them in the future to replace any corrupt versions you may need to delete.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Participant ,
Oct 28, 2020 Oct 28, 2020

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I knew about this and was going to try it this morning.  Thanks for not assuming I'm incompetent.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Participant ,
Oct 28, 2020 Oct 28, 2020

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Thank you Bill Silbert.  As Eugene Tyson suggested, deleting the preferences appears to have worked.  When I opened my document, the fonts loaded automatically without forcing me to take some action.  Hopefully, this aspect of the program will continue to operate correctly.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Participant ,
Oct 28, 2020 Oct 28, 2020

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

No, you can only tell me that it works for you there.  I have done EXACTLY what you suggest and what the Adobe user guide specifies, and I have tried multiple variations on those instructions.  It * does * not * work here on this copy of indesign on this machine.

 

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Explorer ,
Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

On Windows, I attempted to use these instructions and, like tomhock's experience, doing as listed ("Start InDesign, and then press Shift+Ctrl+Alt) did not work. However, it did work, if I followed the pattern stated in the Mac OS instructions. For Windows this meant, While pressing Shift+Ctrl+Alt, start InDesign. After that, the dialogue box opened that asked, "want to delete preference files."

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Beginner ,
Aug 05, 2021 Aug 05, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I don't know if this tip will be applicable on Windows, but I've found on the Mac if I deactivate Adobe Fonts through the Adobe Creative Cloud app they often don't really deactivate. For best results I always go to the website and deactivate and reactivate there: https://fonts.adobe.com.

And, you have to always have the latest version of InDesign, which you mentioned you have. When updates come out, the font auto-activation almost always breaks until I update the app. 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Explorer ,
Sep 03, 2021 Sep 03, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

"And, you have to always have the latest version of InDesign, which you mentioned you have. When updates come out, the font auto-activation almost always breaks until I update the app. "

 

Your statement reflects my experience, too, which puts this issue into the category of a bug that needs to be fixed. Any idea how to get Adobe's attention for this? We should not have to troubleshoot this issue every time there is an update to InDesign. It is absolutely annoying and frustrating.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Beginner ,
Sep 03, 2021 Sep 03, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

I agree with you. I don't know how to get their attention. I have my own theory about this and it has to do with them wanting everyone to upgrade to the latest version. Maybe it's not intentional, but it definitely feels that way. 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines