InDesign File menu entries not available for selection

InDesign preferences can become corrupt when the InDesign application quits unexpectedly or when you force quit InDesign. One consequence of this is that the Save, Save As, or Export entries in the InDesign File menu may become unavailable for selection. If this should occur, you can resolve this by resetting the preferences for InDesign for the user account running the application. To do this:

Quit InDesign.

Then, on Windows, start InDesign and immediately hold down Ctrl + Alt + Shift and keep these four keys held down while the application is starting.

On  Macintosh, start InDesign while pressing Cmd + Ctrl + Opt + Shift and keep these four keys held down while the application is starting.

You should get a prompt asking to confirm deletion of the preferences, confirm that and InDesign will launch with default settings. If you do not see a prompt to delete preferences, then quit InDesign and try again. 

For more details, see the following online Adobe InDesign Help "Set preferences" page:




DesignMerge® Pro is a powerful suite of variable-data printing and data publishing software for Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress that provides the ability to automatically produce any type of variable data output. The software is used by thousands of customers worldwide.


Anything can be variable, including variable text and pictures, articles, and even complete layouts, and built-in suport is provided for variable USPS Intelligent Mail Bar Codes.


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In addition, DesignMerge can also be extended to produce variable 2D Bar Codes (QR Codes, PDF417, and Data Matrix) and other types of Linear Bar Codes (Code 128, UPC, Code 39, etc.). DesignMerge is great for creating personalized publications such as invitations, business cards, certificates, custom catalogs, etc.


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AutoPrice or DesignMerge Catalog, available as plug-ins for Adobe InDesign or XTensions for QuarkXPress, helps to streamline the production and versioning of catalogs, price lists, retail flyers and financial documents.

AutoPrice/DesignMerge Catalog provides sophisticated linking of InDesign or QuarkXPress documents to any external database of information (either flat-file, or ODBC). AutoPrice is great for performing price, picture, or text updates for any type of information that can be referenced by a “key value” such as product number (SKU).

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