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Adobe InDesign - Packaging an InDesign File

This guide will show you the proper way to send your InDesign work to someone.


InDesign has a built-in Package utility that creates a folder, puts a copy of the document into the folder, and then copies all necessary fonts and images into the folder as well.

Generally creating a package, .zip it up, and then send it to whoever needs it is the way to go.

  1. Open the file in InDesign.
  2. If possible, resolve any errors concerning missing links or fonts. Check the links panel or the preflight panel for errors.
  3. Go to File>Package.
  4. Click the Package button at the bottom of the Summary window.
  5. Click Continue on the “Printing Instructions” window.
  6. Browse to where the the package folder should end up and enter a name for the folder.
  7. Make sure that the “Copy Fonts,” “Copy Linked Graphics,” “Update Graphic  Links in Package,” and “Include Fonts and Links from Hidden….” are all checked. Other boxes should be unchecked.
  8. Click the Package button.
  9. Find the new folder that InDesign created and verify that it contains copies of all required files.
  10. Right-click the folder and choose “Compress” (Mac) or “Send to ZIP” (Windows, might be something different but similar depending on what software you have installed). This will zip it up.

If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or

Keywords:"Copy Fonts", "Copy Linked Graphics", "Update Graphic Links", iD, Finishing   Doc ID:64406
Owner:Richard L.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2016-06-23 13:45 CDTUpdated:2016-06-23 13:45 CDT
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