You are likely dealing with a general operating system ailment, so do the common Windows trouble-shooting things:
1. Clean the temp folder, and reboot. See if the problem persists.
2. Use a utility like CCleaner to weed out useless files and junk in the Windows registry. Reboot.
3. Use a font utility to check for corrupt fonts. Replace any bad fonts. Retire all PostScript Type1 fonts altogether in favor of OpenType fonts.
4. Uninstall InDesign, maybe run the Adobe app cleaner utility, then reboot and reinstall InDesign. Make sure to patch your InDesign to the latest patch level, of course.
I have tried all these options and as I said its happened on several systems now which leads me to believe its a registry error. I use Advanced System Care Pro, which is always reporting Adobe registry entries as being either inaccurate or incorrect. It's not a major issue but when you have worked with Windows for the extent of time I have, it just becomes ingrained to double click the file you want to open and have the system launch the application for you.
Guess I'll just have to learn to live with it and have that Doh! moment every time I forget to launch InDesign first.
Anyway thanks once again for taking the time to suggest some solutions I might try.
I am on Windows and I double-click freely and I don't experience this problem.
Yes, I think you are onto something when you identify it as a registry problem. Maybe try a different registry cleaner/checker? Maybe someone has posted the specific registry fix.
If you uninstall, reboot, then clean the registry, then reboot, then reinstall, you might have an opportunity to fix the registry corruption.
I'll give it a go. Don't really like messing with the registry on Windows boxes. Yes you can do it, but it can end up being a case of the operation was a success, but the patient died.
Just was rather hoping someone else had already experienced this problem and posted the registry tweak. Didn't want spend hours reinventing the wheel. Not because I'm lazy, but I have so many demands on my time that resolving a minor issue that effects me only seems like it should be pretty low priority.
The system I'm using is brand new, but the problem seems to have followed me regardless which may indicate that it is seated in my synchronization information somehow. Really don't know how that could happen as I'm not an Adobe engineer or have the remotest idea where to even start looking. So I think I'll mark your suggestion as the "Answer" and just learn to live with it.
Windows eh! Can't live with - can't live without it. I'm sure Mac can be just as temperamental. Just have to chalk this one up as being just another ghost in the machine.
Thanks for all the advice you have kindly offered, much appreciated.
Yes, both my Mac machines and my Windows machines get their undies in a wad, and yes, you and I have better things to do! It is very time-consuming and annoying!
I'm going to jump in ad say I also have no issues with double-clicking to open on either of my Windows 7 machines. But I'm not so sure what you have is a registry issue, and I'd be suspicious of a software conflict, particularly some third party plugin for ID (like a font manager auto-activation plugin) or some other program running in the background.
Before you go wild in the registry, deactivate any non-Adobe plugins in ID, try a new user account on Windows, and try a startup in Safe mode to see if any of them make a difference.
I'll try it when I get a quite period. It could well be a pug-in problem given its followed me to new machine. Didn't consider that.
Once again thanks,