The default when I start up Indesign is “only the applications bar is showing”. I would like to be able to change the default to having the Tools and Control showing as well as a few windows like pages, styles, swatches, hyperlinks – not ALL of the windows. I’ve tried setting this up when I first open up Indesign and no documents open. But it still changes back to the default whrn I reopen Indesign. Is there anyway to change this?
launch indesign--open and position the panels you want--then go to the workspace menu and save your workspace--then, when you launch Indesign it will appear like your saved workspace
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