How to set Indesign CS5.5 as default instead of CS4 and Vice Versa (PC Version)

I was having a problem with Window 7 (64-bit). I have both Adobe InDesign CS4 and CS5.5 install and all InDesign files would open automatically in CS4, which was extremely annoying. I found a way of changing the default programme to CS5.5. The regular way, right click the file, open with, choose default program and then finding the CS5.5 file didn’t work. This is because both CS4 and CS5.5 application files are called indesign.exe and Win7 can’t differentiate between the files, so here is the solution:

Changing default from InDesign CS4 to CS5.5

  • Open Run (Win button + R) and type “regedit” and hit okay then yes
  • Locate HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInDesign.DocumentShellOpenCommand in regedit
  • Change the value of (Default) attribute to 
    “C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe InDesign CS5.5InDesign.exe” “%1”
    (include the quote marks)

Changing default from InDesign CS5.5 to CS4

Exactly the same as above except:

  • Change the value of (Default) attribute to
    “C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe InDesign CS4InDesign.exe” “%1”  (include the quote marks)

I came across this solution on the Adobe Forums site.

How to Open InDesign CS5.5 in CS4

To be able to open an Adobe InDesign CS5.5 file in CS4 there is one simple step:

  • Open the InDesign CS5.5 file in CS5.5 and export the file as an IDML (InDesign Markup Language) file, using the Export options from the File menu. Then IDML file will open in CS4.

If you don’t have Adobe InDesign CS5.5, we offer a InDesign down-saving service to help open the file into the CS version you need.

 

How to Open InDesign CS5.5 in CS3

To be able to open an Adobe InDesign CS5.5 file in CS3 there are a couple steps you need to do:

  • First, open the InDesign CS5.5 file in CS5.5 and export the file as an IDML (InDesign Markup Language) file, using the Export options from the File menu.
  • Then in CS4 open this IDML file and export it to an .inx file. This file will now open up in InDesign CS3.

If you don’t have Adobe InDesign CS5.5 and CS4, we offer a InDesign down-saving service to help open the file into the CS version you require.

 

How to Open InDesign CS5.5 in CS2

To be able to open an Adobe InDesign CS5.5 file in CS2 there are a few steps you need to do:

  • Open the file in InDesign CS5.5 and save the file as an IDML (InDesign Markup Language) file, using the Export options from the File menu.
  • Then in CS4 open this IDML file and export it to an .inx file.
  • Now open the INX file in InDesign CS3 and export to a CS3 inx file and will open up in InDesign CS2 .

If you don’t have Adobe InDesign CS5.5, CS4 and CS3 we offer a InDesign down-saving service to help open the file into the CS version you require.

 

How to Open InDesign CS6 in CS5.5

To open a CS6 file in CS5.5 you will need to open the file in CS6 or later and save the file as an IDML file. This will convert the file into a format that CS5.5 can understand. Below is a video explaining how it is done.

 

If you don’t have CS6 or newer then perhaps our InDesign down saving service will be helpful.