Old Indesign File Won't Package Without Missing Plugins


November 14, 2011 / Updated: November 14, 2011 / Lena Shore
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I’m trying to package a file in Indesign, and get this message: “This document cannot be installed due to missing plugins. Please install or activate these plugins.” I don’t have the plugin asked for.  The original file is really old and I don’t have a way to get those plugins. What can I do?


You can strip the document of plug information easily. Although, it matters which version of InDesign how you do it.

  • If you have an older version of InDesign (CS4 or older) you can export your file to an INX document and that will strip the plugins.
  • If you have CS5 you will need to export your document as an IDML (InDesign Markup Language) file.
After you export a version of the document in question, you can open it with InDesign and then package your document normally.