I am writing this post in English as only the English versions of InDesign and Illustrator for that matter, suffer from the “Feature from Hell” syndrome. Of course I’m speaking of InDesign’s new Welcome Screen. That said, I must admit that the first time you open the new updated version of InDesign, it looks kind’a cool for about 5 seconds, and after you go through the Spam, I mean the content, than you’re like, “Ok, that was interesting” and you go about your business of actually getting some work done. You then close your document, and feel that InDesign is changing gears and processing something that holds up your whole system. Than you realise it’s the Gosh-Darn Welcome Screen sucking up resources to launch.

I don’t know about you, but I spent many frustrating minutes coping with the situation after coming to realise that there’s no TURN-OFF button to be found, but I’m here to tell ya that THERE IS! Thanks to my friend Petteri Paananen, I have brought order out of chaos into my InDesign World. So, here’s what you do:

1. In the Welcome screen, navigate to the New Features Tab.

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2. Scroll down to the bottom of the window, and SHUT THAT THANG OFF!

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And that’s it! You can repeat the process in Illustrator to get some sanity back into your Design life. :)