inDesign 2020 removed the zoom view box from the top menu bar
This user is much unhappy that inDesign 2020 no longer provides the zoom view box that appeared in the top menu bar, directly to the right of the help tab. That was a fast, easy way to change the view size of the file in the screen.
I was told by Adobe that this feature was dropped because the screen size view could be achieved by other existing features. Sure... now one must pull down a tab, then go to another command and activate a feature like zoom in and zoom out. And that only shifts the view in or out by one factor, whereas the zoom view box at the top menu bar would let you instantly jump the view in our out by 3 or 4 "sizes."Count me as a most unhappy user who will stay with inDesign 2109.
By the way... inDesign 2020's menu bar is now empty to the right of "help." So what was gained taking this highly useful feature away? And why not give users the option to have that zoom view menu feature in one of the pre-sets like "Essentials Classics"? I will grumble once more about my unhappiness at the loss of this important feature and the hubris of Adobe engineers to drop such a valuable element of this software.
The change was made to reduce the UI clutter for the user and it was moved to the bottom left of the screen in the Status bar where other controls like page navigation, preflight profiles, etc. are available.
To continue using this feature, we can suggest a simple workaround which takes less than a minute to accomplish – just open the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog, choose Views, Navigation from the Product Area drop-down, select the ‘Access zoom percentage box’ from the list of commands and assign a shortcut – example, Ctrl-Alt-5. You can customize the keyboard shortcuts as you like and save a new Keyboard Shortcut Set.
Meanwhile, we are reviewing this request.
Adobe InDesign team
K1 Gilpin commented
2021 and not returned and that keyboard shortcut isn't helpful.
Yes I agree this zoom at the top menu bar was really convenient. Please bring it back.
I use this function constantly and it's removal is incredibly inconvenient - I don't want to have to set up a shortcut script for something that previously worked really well and was far from being 'clutter' . Please reinstate asap!
I am sure that you have HEAP analytics showing how frequently that feature was used by InDesign users. Essentially you did not reduce any UI clutter because you retained the functionality, just moved it from top middle to bottom left. And created user confusion by taking existing functionality that was easy to locate and moving it to an unknown location. Improvements to software to warrant a new version are not accomplished just by moving functionality from one place to another to "improve" the UI; because in this case you clearly failed to accomplish your goal.
Why would they remove this feature... Total pain! Makes working in Indesign a massive headache.
A critical feature is taken away, and you have to troll the internet to find a solution. Do you have actually talk to real-word users?
I completely agree - dropping that feature is not helpful - it was so simple and I used it all the time.
It's also a little maddening that the tutorial video still shows the feature in the old location. I wasted a bunch of time trying to restore it before landing here and finding out where it had been moved.
Yes, removing this feature is yet another bogus move...
One has to wonder if the dude behind this decision has any idea what this program is for in the first place. For example, I need to get a good grasp of the readability of my font as it appears in the final print version. This is ESSENTIAL, folks at Adobe. Please, please undo that stupid "fix".
I couldn't figure out what happened to the zoom view box. I just spent nearly an hour trying to figure out what I did wrong until I realized that my InDesign was updated to the 2020 version and the feature was removed. I totally agree with the previous comments. Removing the feature to "reduce UI Clutter" was a bad decision. I used the zoom view box frequently when laying out documents. Needing to substitute a workaround is unnecessarily adding additional time to my layout process. Please consider putting the feature back. In the mean time, I'm going back to the 2019 version.
Totally agree...it was so useful having it at the top and now you have to use the one tucked away in the bottom left corner. I have wasted so much time trying to put the commands from the previous version back and it is frustrating especially when it was there previously. Perhaps check with people using Indesign before removing very handy tools!
I concur that it was a bad move by Adobe to drop/remove the zoom view box/pull down feature in inDesign 2020 that, in the inDesign 2019 and earlier versions, made it nearly instant to expand or shrink the screen view by several factors immediately with two quick mouse clicks.