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InDesign in Windows ALWAYS forgets app size and position!

This has been a persistent pain for many YEARS. Everyone knows that an app should open to the last position and size. That's what the double-box icon is for in the upper right corner of the window border. Every single application in WIndows honors this "requirement" for Windows conformance.

InDesign forces Windows users to reposition and resize the program every single time it is opened. This becomes a tremendous nuisance, and in any other program would be considered incomplete and unprofessional. PLEASE, for all the users who don't know how to report this bug, and for those of us who have manually resized and repositioned the "always full screen" startup settings, IMPLEMENT THIS!

It's not hard, and all the other Adobe apps do it correctly. It makes the InDesign product manager look foolish.

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The fix for this issue is now available in the latest update 14.0.2 of InDesign 2019.
If you are unable to see the update notification yet, open the menu (three dots) from the top-right of Creative Cloud desktop application and click on ‘Check For App Updates’.
Once the update button is shown against InDesign, click on the button to update to Id 14.0.2.

If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.


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  • Sally commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My InDesign is updated to the latest (14.2.64) and InDesign still doesn't remember its size and position. Am I missing a step? Should I uninstall and reinstall (again)?

  • Ron Lewis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Bravo! Finally this issue is fixed in Version 14.2.64. I've been waiting for years for InDesign to remember its size and position like all the other Adobe Apps.

    Thank you, thank you.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @B16EM - I'm not clear what you're referring to. On my system all the panels close when there's no doc open, and that seems appropriate. They reappear when a new or old doc is opened. But this is a different issue anyway, so you'll get better responses if you post a detailed msg in a new thread.

    @Anonymous - Are you referring to PAGE size and position? This thread concerns APP size and position, which definitely works on my Wintel machines. There's no setting for app size & position -- that's just how programs are supposed to work in the Wintel world. But if you're talking about reopening a document and finding the edit point inside that doc at the same position you left it, that's a problem that should be posted in a thread of its own. They may not notice it in this thread.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This problem doesn’t SEEM like a big deal, BUT IT IS. And I have updated to 14.0.2, and Indesign still does not remember page size/position. I looked through all the preferences, but could not find anything related to “maintain page size and position”....? I’m on a Mac, Mojave 10.14.3

    If this bug is fixed, what am I doing wrong?

  • BI6 EM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, but as one Duh! is fixed another is introduced. The fixed version now closes the Pages Window on Exit but leaves the Styles and Info Windows open. It used to leave them ALL open which is what I want!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @ BigTom - The fixed version that Ravi Kiran mentions (above) works! This issue is resolved. Phew.

    But if you're still experiencing the "minimum" bug, please let them know. The developers are more likely to fix it soon if bugs turn up right after the update is released. The Beta build (link in Ravi's message) should work, but they will fix it ASAP if you can get a bug report back to them before it's distributed.

  • BigTom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hehe, for me it sometimes changes it's mind and opens with the minimum size allowed. And when it happened once, InDesign DOES REMEMBER to always open in this min size. Or at least for some days, and then changes mind again.

    I also repeatedly encounter another bug: a palette pops up outside the monitor area, only the right-bottom quarter is visible. So I can't grab it by the head and pull it back. Fine. :)

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd just like to add that this BUG even more seriously damages Win user experience if panels are positioned outside the main app. On a big screen or multiple monitors, it's very useful to spread various panels out, sometimes docked to the OUTSIDE edge of the app window. But all this custom positioning -- which we do to improve our workflow -- is lost when the app opens up in the buggy "restored" mode and has to be manually repositioned and resized. Then all the docked panels have to be re-docked, tweaked, etc., etc.

    I honestly don't know how this trivial bit of programming could be postponed for so long, when it impacts just about every Windows user multiple times per day. It's inexcusable, really. Restoring app position is not difficult, not high-tech, not filled with complex side-effects, and not a large project.

    Is this another of those JDI fixes that's going to wait until top management forces all the Adobe product managers to catch up? Please -- pay more attention to the user experience!

  • Stephan Möbius commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    14.0.1 x65, Windows8, german.

    Indesign is still starting in this "less-than-maximized-90%"-window everytime. Please make it remember the windows pos/size upon close.

  • Raphaël Freeman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    and whilst you are “reviewing” this (and hopefully fix this which would make life a lot easier for those of us who have multiple screens), why does the position of the book file always have to revert to the center of the main monitor? Even if I dock it, it always jumps back and covers my work.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I try to report this every year, and I can't figure out why the InDesign team doesn't fix it. It's easy for you, and saves annoying wasted time for thousands of US.


  • Allen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Release 13.1 x64 STILL doesn't follow standard Windows UI behavior. The app opens in "restored" mode (that is, the window size last used when the app was closed) INCORRECTLY. It always opens at 99% of full screen.

    This means that people with big screens have to manually resize the app window EVERY TIME they start a new session with InDesign. This is (a) inconvenient, and (b) extremely annoying after one has done it a few hundred times.

    No other Windows apps that I use have this bug. It's standard Windows UI behavior to honor the "restore" window size and position.

    PLEASE fix this bug. It's been in InDesign fora very long time (forever?).

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This BUG has been around for far too long! Every time I open InDesign, I have to resize the window, reposition the window, and then fine-adjust the size of the window.

    My display is UHD, and InDesign starts up using about 98% of full screen EVERY TIME it is opened. The nuisance, compounded multiple times every day, for years, is really inexcusable. Settings and parameters are being written disk on exit anyway, so please ADD the size and dimensions of the restore mode.

    This affects every user on Windows, so I can't imagine why it has not been fixed for so long.

  • RodneyL commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Indesign CC versions do not remember custom window size on opening. Older versions did. Please fix.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The window-frame button to restore an application to the previous UN-MAXIMIZED size does not work. It always restores the main window to slightly less than full screen.


    1. Open InDesign (any version of the last few years).
    2. InDesign should open in the most recent size (maximized, or "restore" size), but it always opens maximized.
    3. Click the top right middle button once (or twice) so that the single rectangle is showing (the app is now in "restored" size).
    4. Drag the corners of the main window to resize the application to something obviously smaller than full screen.
    5. Exit InDesign.
    6. Open InDesign. The program should start up the same size and position it was closed. Instead, it starts up "restored" to just under full screen.

    In other words, the last size is not saved, or if it is saved, it is not referenced when opening the app.

    This bug has been active for years, and one should not have to resize the app and reposition it every time it is opened.



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