Where do I find the InDesign Preferences and Meadows Preferences Folder?

FINDING THE "MEADOWS" FOLDER

Many of the settings for Meadows software products are located inside a folder titled "Meadows". The Meadows folder exists inside the same Preferences folder as Adobe InDesign preferences. This document provides instructions for how to get to the "Meadows" folder. A separate section is provided for clients running Medows software for Adobe InDesign Desktop vs/ Adobe InDesign Server.


 DESKTOP VERSIONS OF ADOBE INDESIGN (click here for Server Versions)


Try the Help Menu First...

If you are running AutoPrice or DesignMerge for Creative Cloud, the easiest way to find the Meadows folder is to use the product Help menu. To do this, start InDesign and select DesignMerge > Help > Open Settings Folder... This will open the "Meadows" folder where your Meadows software for InDesign CC stores your settings.

If you do not have access to the Meadows software, or if you prefer to navigate to this folder manually (as occasionally instructed by our support team), please follow the steps outlined below.

Macintosh Computers (Desktop)

To access the Meadows folder manually on a Macintosh computer, please follow the steps outlined below.

1) From the desktop, select "Go to Folder..." from under the "Go" menu at the top of the screen.

2) Enter "~/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign" and click the "Go" button.

This will put you into the main Adobe InDesign preferences folder. From there, the rest of the path to the Meadows folder is as follows:

[Version #.#]/[language]/Meadows

In the above file path, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0", CC 2019 = "Version 14.0", CC 2020 = "Version 15.0", etc.), and "[language]" represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English).

The full file path to the Meadows folder on an Adobe InDesign Desktop for Macintosh OS X system would be as follows:

Macintosh HD/Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/[Version #.#]/[language]/Meadows

In the above file path, "[User Name]" represents your user name on the system, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]" represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English).

How to Find Current User Name?

To find out which user is logged into the system, open the Command Prompt and type in the following:

users

The current user name will be displayed on the next line.

How to find Macintosh OSX Version?

To find out which version of OSX you are running, under the Apple menu, select About This Mac. The OSX version will be displayed.

Windows Computers (Desktop)

The location of the Meadows folder for Adobe InDesign for Windows is different depending upon the version of Windows you are running:

WINDOWS 10 or Windows 7 OR VISTA

C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\[Version #.#]\[language]\Meadows

WINDOWS XP

C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Adobe\InDesign\[Version #.#]\[language]\Meadows


In the above file paths, "[User Name]" represents your user name on the system, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]" represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English).

NOTE: Windows systems may hide folders when displaying the contents in your [User Name] folder. If you do not see a folder named "Application Data" on Windows XP or do not see a folder name "AppData" on Windows 7 or Vista, then while viewing the contents in your [User Name] folder, open that folder window's "Tools" menu and select "Folder Options." On the "Folder Options" window, click the "View" tab. For the "View" settings, in the "Advanced Settings" list, select (click) "Show hidden files, folders, and drives." Then click "OK" to apply these new settings. On Windows 10, choose the "View" tab to display "View" settings on the top of the window, and turn On (check) the "Hidden Files" option. 

How to Find Current User Name?

To find out which user is logged into the system, open the Command Prompt and type in the following:

users

The current user name will be displayed on the next line.

How to find Macintosh OSX Version?

To find out which version of OSX you are running, under the Apple menu, select About This Mac. The OSX version will be displayed.

 


SERVERSERVER VERSIONS OF ADOBE INDESIGN


No User Interface...

Because Adobe InDesign Server does not provide a user interface, the Meadows folder can be accessed only by navigating to the folder manually. Please follow the steps outlined below to access the Meadows folder on an Adobe InDesign Server system.

Macintosh Computers (Server)

Adobe InDesign Server for Macintosh

To access the Meadows folder manually on a Macintosh computer running Adobe InDesign Server, please follow the steps outlined below.

1) From the desktop, select "Go to Folder..." from under the "Go" menu at the top of the screen.

2) Enter the following path:

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign Server

 3) Click the "Go" button.

This will put you into the main Adobe InDesign Server preferences folder. From there, the rest of the path to the Meadows folder is as follows:

[Version #.#]/[language]/[server-settings]/Meadows

In the above file path, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]" represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English). The "[server-settings]" folder will be named differently depending upon how you launched your copy of InDesign Server.

IMPORTANT: There may be multiple folders present if you are running multiple instances of InDesign Server (one [server-settings] folder will be present for each instance). When making changes, you must update each instance of InDesign Server with identical settings.

The full file path to the Meadows folder on an Adobe InDesign Server for Macintosh OS X system would be as follows:

Macintosh HD/Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign Server/[Version #.#]/[language]/[server-settings]/Meadows

In the above file path, "[User Name]" represents your user name on the system, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]" represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English). The "[server-settings]" folder will be named differently depending upon how you launched your copy of InDesign Server.

IMPORTANT: There may be multiple folders present if you are running multiple instances of InDesign Server (one [server-settings] folder will be present for each instance). When making changes, you must update each instance of InDesign Server with identical settings.

Windows Computers (Server)

To access the Meadows folder manually on a Windows computer running Adobe InDesign Server, please follow the steps outlined below.

WINDOWS 10 or Windows 7

Navigate to the following folder:

C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign Server\[Version #.#]\[language]\[server-settings]\Meadows

 

In the above file paths, "[User Name]" represents your user name on the system, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]" represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English).

HIDDEN FOLDERS NOTE: Windows systems may hide folders when displaying the contents in your [User Name] folder. If you do not see a folder named "AppData", then do the following:

Windows 7

a) Select the Start button, then enter Control Panel to open this feature

b) Select Appearance and Personalization
c) Select Folder Options, then select the View tab
d) Under Advanced settings, select Show hidden files, folders, and drivese) Click Apply and then click OK to close the Control Panel window

 

Windows 10

You can first try using the View menu options when you are inside of the folder. If that does not work, then do the following:

a) Select the Start button, then enter Control Panel to open this feature

b) Select File Explorer Options (use Search box if too many options visible)
c) Click the View tab
d) Scroll down a bit and change the Hidden files and folders setting to Show hidden files, folders, and drives. Optionally, you may wish to uncheck the Hide protected operating system files box as well.

How to Find Current User Name?

To find out which user is logged into the system, open the Command Prompt and type in the following:

echo %username%

The current user name will be displayed on the next line.

How to find Windows Version?

To find out which version of Windows you are running, open the Command Prompt and type in the following:

winver

Your version of Windows should be displayed.

NOW WHAT?

Once you have found the Meadows folder, you have access to various configuration files, including your DDF, Transtables and SQL Fragments. You can also reset various Preferences files if instructed to by our support team.