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  1. Don't activate name field of a highlighted style on first click

    Expected: I highlight several styles, click and drag them to the new position.
    Actual: I highlight several styles, click, but the click activates the name field of the style I have clicked on, meaning I can't drag them. I need to click again outside the name field to deselect the field, then drag them.

    This could be fixed by changing the behaviour slightly: activate the name field if you click on the text, but don't activate it if you click the blank space to the right of the name (allowing you to drag the order around on the first click).

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  2. Save dialog filename box width

    For the love of mercy, PLEASE make the Save/Save As title dialog box widen with the window! I almost never have enough room to see the full filename, which means it takes additional clicks/keypresses to see the end.

    2 votes
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  3. Add Custom Commands with Custom Shortcuts to Keyboard Shortcuts Menu

    There are certain actions that I'd like to create shortcuts for, but the commands for them aren't listed in the Keyboard Shortcut Menus. For example, setting a keyboard shortcut for the various aligning objects. Aligning text is an option, though. Not what I need.

    Everyone's workflow is different. There are commands that I'll just never use. So, freeing up individuals with the ability to create custom commands, which can be suited to their unique workflow would immensely help individual/company productivity. Custom workspaces exist, custom keyboard shortcut sets exist, let's have custom commands too!

    3 votes
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  4. Links in Properties Panel

    The new Properties Panel is great, but the very first thing I noticed when selecting a linked file, It only states that it's a "Linked File"... But you cannot click or edit your linked file, like in Illustrator?? Isn't this the whole purpose behind the PropPanel - to make quick edits all in one panel? Thanks!

    4 votes
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  5. New styles made with Properties panel to top of styles panels

    Creating a new style with the Properties panel adds the style to the bottom of the Paragraph or Character Styles panels. Other methods put the new style at the top. Please make this consistent (I suspect most prefer new styles to be more readily available at the top).

    2 votes
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  6. Ability to completely disable start screens in AI, INDD, PS, Acrobat

    Ability to completely turn off these start screens in AI, INDD, PS, Acrobat. When I close a document window, I expect to be able to see my desktop, not a wall I then have to close or hide. Old school workflow, never had a start screen, never needed one, it's not helpful imho, tho it may be to others, so we should be able to choose how we want it.

    2 votes
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  7. 4 votes
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  8. footnotes saving space

    Can we make the footnotes text in 2 to 4 column, or run-in footnotes, because some books has too many footnotes, if a 3 or 4 word note occupies a line so we loose space. This will save space in long text books.

    7 votes
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  9. Resetting Workspace

    With the new update, whenever I open a new document, my workspace doesn't retain the previous layout. I have to reset my workspace every time.

    3 votes
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  10. Column view for index panel

    Column view for index panel would be very convenient when working with large indexes. With this feature a large index could be edited and viewed on an external monitor.

    1 vote
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  11. Please add »Units and Increments« to the Properties Panel

    Often used and changed preferences in InDesign are the one found in »Units and Increments«. It would be a great workflow enhancement to have this as a part of the new Properties Panel if nothing is selected.

    This would save users the time to go into the Preferences if they want to change them. Thank you!

    3 votes
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  12. pop-up change page of a linked pdf/indd file

    please add simple pop-up option (like object layers) to change the showing page of a link (which is either pdf or indesign file). when my link is for example a pdf containing multiple pages, it's unnecessarily complicated to change the showing page to some another.
    so please – right click > pop-up window > change page of link

    5 votes
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  13. option to edit the actual colour of a panel itself...useful for easily locating a favourite eg or currently in-use pane on a crowded screen

    I am suggesting it would be good to have the option to be able to edit the actual colour of a panel itself which would be very useful for easily locating a favourite or currently in-use panel on a crowded screen.

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  14. Syncing Workspaces and Preferences

    This use to be here but doesnt seem to be around anymore. When I would access Indesign on another computer using the same account info, my workspace and preferences would always carry over. In the last year or so, this doesnt happen anymore and I cant figure out why. I cant find an answer online about it either so my guess is that it was removed. Can you bring this back? Thanks!

    18 votes
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  15. Scale pages thumbnail size by width of of panel

    Sometimes I need to reference other pages in the doc I'm working on. It would be helpful if the pages panel adjusted the size of the thumbnail based on the width of the window. The Panel Options sizes don't offer enough versatility.

    2 votes
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  16. Object Styles (Size and Position)

    When creating an Object Style and using Size and Position, the X and Y Offsets must be 0 or greater. This means you cannot create an Object Style that allows for bleed. I want to enter -.125 for the X and / or Y Offset to allow for bleeds.

    P.S. The temp workaround is changing the Reference point, but if you change the Height or Width, you also have to adjust the X and Y.

    19 votes
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  17. Provide an option to update a workspace.

    If I make a change in my workspace, I must go here:

    Window menu > Workspace > New Workspace...

    and enter the name of the workspace I'm altering.

    Then I click OK and am presented with a dialog that says,

    "A workspace with that name already exists. Do you want to replace it?"

    An option like the following would be quite helpful.

    Window menu > Workspace > Update Workspace

    Or, if you prefer, make the name of the option Update Current Workspace.

    Thanks for considering this idea.

    7 votes
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  18. Indesign CC: PDF Export dialog - start with highlighted range entry field - like you used to

    Indesign CS6 used to start with a conveniently highlighted pages entry field. Opening the export dialog you were right away able to type in the desired page range. In CC you have to tripple-TAB to that field, which is a mild but unnecessary deterioration.

    Thanks if you fix this.

    1 vote
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  19. Turn paths into guides with the right click menu "Make guides" like in Illustrator.

    Pretty self explanatory. It's very useful for example if you need a marquee or an odd shape to serve you as a guide and most importantly, the snapping in InDesign between a line and a guide is so different and so hard to snap to a path.

    86 votes
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  20. Colour picker can't interperet hex values preceded by a hash

    If a hexadecimal value is pasted into the hex field in the colour picker with a hash (#) on the front of the value, the picker should be able to ingest it. Currently the hash must be manually removed before the picker will update.

    Very minor but very annoying when copying values from other software that includes the hash.

    4 votes
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