2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 5, 2012 7:44 AM by sperry1975

    Preferences Transfer CS 5.5 to CS 6

    sperry1975 Level 1

      I was wondering how to go about transfering my preferences, including my shortcuts, from InDesign CS 5.5 to CS 6?  I tried copying the following list of files and folders from Win 7: C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Local\Adobe\InDesign\Version [#]\en_US\Cache

      Preference files/folders copied from InDesign CS 5.5 folder to CS 6 include:

      • InDesign Recovery folder
      • Scripting Support folder
      • FindChangeData
      • FindChangeDataTmp
      • FontMaskCache
      • idletask log
      • InDesign ClipboardScrap
      • InDesign DragDropScrap
      • InDesign SavedData

      When I was done I tried opening InDesign CS 6 and it clearly did not transfer anything. Nothing was the same as before. Not even the shortcuts.

        • 1. Re: Preferences Transfer CS 5.5 to CS 6
          Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

          Please see Replace Your Preferences for the paths to both the InDesign Defaults and InDesign SavedData files (the only two files you need to move to match your prefs). Custom keyboard shortcuts and workspaces are both saved in subfolders of the directory where InDesign Defaults is stored. Moving workspaces has been reliable for me, but be careful about moving shortcut sets. CS4 shortcuts are not compatible with later versions without running a script (John Hawkinson wrote one to do this, but I don't seem to have a link). I don't know if CS5 and 5.5 shortcuts will work in CS6. Symptoms of a problem are keys that no longer work as expected, and perhaps crashing.


          In that link you'll also find information on backing up and moving other presets.

          • 2. Re: Preferences Transfer CS 5.5 to CS 6
            sperry1975 Level 1

            Thanks, your info was very helpful. Though I did have to get some other sub files contained in subfolders to use in addition to the files you mentioned.  All in all it appears to have worked beautifully.