InDesign: Resize Document Window?

September 2, 2009 / Updated: April 22, 2019 / Lena Shore
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Do you know what preference I need to adjust in Indesign CS4 to keep an opening document from filling the entire screen? Even if I adjust it to where I’d like it to stay and then close it, when I reopen it, it takes the whole 24″ of my screen.


NOTE: New versions of InDesign remember what size the window was when you last closed it. This tip will only be helpful with older versions of InDesign like CS4.

I wish I had a better answer to this. If anyone comes up with one, please let me know. It surely seems there should be a built in way to do this, but I can’t find one. But this works pretty well.

You can install this javascript script (written by Dave Saunders) in your Adobe InDesign/Scripts: ResizeWindow (download and unzip the file)

You open the document, reset the document window size and then run the script and it remembers that size. Next time, you just run the script on any open document and it resets the window size to your selected size.

To make it easier and quicker, apply a shortcut to the script! You can combine that with saving your own custom workspace and in a couple of clicks you can be in your own InDesign nirvana.