Save a Custom Workspace in InDesign CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

The panels in InDesign Creative Suite 5 are used to edit page elements. Save the location and grouping of these panels in a custom workspace.

You may find that you use some panels in InDesign CS5 more than others, and if so, you can have InDesign remember the grouping of panels you use most frequently as a workspace. The next time you want a certain group of panels open together, you can return to the workspace you previously saved.

The workspace you save isn’t attached to a particular document, so you can have one workspace for editing text and another for working with a layout.

  1. Configure the InDesign workspace the way you want to save it — with any panels open that you might want to access together.

    The open panels will be saved in the custom workspace.

  2. Choose Window→Workspace→New Workspace.

    The New Workspace dialog box opens.

  3. Type a new name for the workspace in the Name text field.

    When you finish, the name of the new workspace is displayed on the Workspaces menu. So be sure to save it using a name that reflects the type of work you do in that workspace, such as text editing or layout.

  4. Click OK.

    The custom workspace is saved.

To access your workspace, choose Window→Workspace→Your Workspace (where Your Workspace is the name you gave the workspace in Step 3).

You can delete the workspace if you no longer intend to use it. Simply choose Window→Workspace→Delete Workspace.