Working with Linked Files in an InDesign Document

What do you do when a customer provides an InDesign document for which the linked files are either missing or need to be re-linked to the document? Here are some tips.

Modified Links

If you open an InDesign file that contains linked files that were changed since the last time the InDesign file was saved, you’ll see this message.

modified links

Clicking Update Links will automatically update the linked file(s) for you.

missing links

Missing Links

If you open an InDesign file that is missing a link you’ll see the message above. To relink the missing file to the document, first click OK to open the document, then go to Window > Links and you’ll see the name of the missing link and a red question mark next to it. Select the link and click on the broken chain link icon at the bottom of the links panel.

link missing file

Now it’s simply a matter of browsing for the missing file, selecting it and clicking Open to fix the link. (If you can’t find the missing file, you may have to go back to your customer and ask them to send it to you and the re-link it to the document.)

Embedding Links

You can also embed linked files so they don’t need to be sent separately. To embed a linked file, highlight the file then click on the pull down menu in the upper right corner of the link window. Select Embed Link from the list and you’ll see a new icon appear next to the file name.

embedding links

Packaging InDesign Files

Another way to ensure that you receive linked files (and fonts) from your customer is to have them package the InDesign file for you. This is also a good practice to follow if you are sending InDesign files to a third-party printer. Go to File > Package and click Package again in the next dialog box. InDesign will create a new folder for you and place the document, the linked files and also the fonts inside it. You can then zip the folder and send it out knowing that everything is included in a nice neat package.

About Jon Zerndt
Jon Zerndt is the account manager for the office superstore and quick printer accounts at Affinity Express, and loves to spend time providing guidance and solving problems for clients.

One Response to Working with Linked Files in an InDesign Document

  1. Richelle says:

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
    find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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