A Simple Guide to Package and Share InDesign Files

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The Adobe InDesign files (extension INDD) are packed with different fonts, graphics and links. In order to send them in the manner you have created them, you need to first package them. The following is a complete breakdown of how and why to package your INDD files.

Why Package InDesign Files?

When sharing INDD files, it’s important to have all the elements of the file in their right place. Because of the complexity and many variables of an INDD project, sometimes things like fonts or links get lost during the sharing process. Packaging the files is the solution to this problem.

Think of this process like physically sending something in the mail. For example, let’s say you have ten different bottles to send all to the same place. You could place them into ten separate containers and send them individually. However, this is a cluttered option that lacks efficiency. You instead decide to place them all into the same box and only have to send one item now. This is the idea behind the packaging utility for InDesign.

A screenshot of the INDD logo animated.
Packaging your INDD files ensures recipients are able to see everything included.


Before packaging your file, make sure you know what’s about to take place and how to prepare everything correctly. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by naming or renaming all of the included files something uniform. This keeps everything neat and tidy. Next, check to see if the potential recipients have the same access to the fonts you used. This is especially important when sending the INDD to another team member who needs to further edit it. Finally, check your links to make sure they’re all valid.

Now that you have everything ready to go, it’s important to know what happens you package it. Packaging the INDD file creates a new folder, which you can name whatever best details its contents. It then places all the materials necessary from the document inside the folder, such as fonts and links.

A screenshot of digital folder images.
Rename folders for solidarity.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Open Adobe InDesign and load the intended INDD file you wish to package.
  2. Under the ‘File’ menu, select ‘Package’
  3. Click the ‘Package’ button on the popup window
  4. Click ‘Continue’
  5. Select where you would prefer the file to be packaged to on your computer
  6. Click ‘Package’

You can now locate all the contents of the packaged file in your newly created folder. From there, you’re able to compress and send the contents to other users.

Because INDD files don’t share the same way other digital assets do, use the package option to share all of the contents of your INDD file in an orderly fashion.

Casey Schmidt – Content Manager and Industry Expert | Canto

Casey Schmidt is a content manager at Canto who enjoys taking complex subjects and making them easy to understand for readers.