InDesign CS6 | Online Help

I thought that I’ll compile a list of all the links at one place, and also try and explain the role each page plays. If you’ve installed the CS6, then you probably know this already; not sure how helpful this will be, but here it is.

  • Launching help from InDesign open the help content in your default web browser
  • The Adobe Help Manager lets you download offline help and notifies you when updated content is available.

See What’s new with Adobe Community Help for more detailed information.

Online Help

Help Hub page

The Help Hub page is a central page that contains information about getting started with the product and where to access the help from. Most of the links in this post can be accessed through the Help Hub page. It provides a single launch point from where you can access various resources.


The Topics page is displayed when you press F1 or choose Help > Online Help.  This  page replaces the Table-of-contents page, and does away with the “Tree” navigation and multiple clicking that was necessary in the earlier versions. (If you have stubby fingers like mine, this works quite nicely on tablets and phones too)



  • All help articles are at the same level, and clubbed under Topics
  • Small chunks of content have been consolidated into larger articles so that you get the entire context in a single page.
  • Articles that fall under multiple topics, appear multiple times so that you can find content from your natural workflow
  • Not all links are displayed under each topic. To view a complete list of the articles under each topic, click the More link next to the topic heading.
  • Clicking on the InDesign Help title/link (top-left of the page) will take you one level up to the Help Hub page.

Whats new in CS6

The What’s New in InDesign CS6 page lists the new features in InDesign CS6 in one place. Provides basic information about the features and helps you find the new features in the product. We have tried to add enough information so that you don’t have to look elsewhere to get started. However, hyperlinks take you to more detailed information for complex features.

  • Clicking on the InDesign Help title/link (top-left of the page) will take you one level up to the Topics page.

Getting Started

The Getting Started page lists resources that you can use to quickly learn the product. Whether you’re completely new to InDesign or just moved to CS6, you’ll find links to videos, blog posts, help articles that will help you get started. This page is frequently updated with new information as and when it becomes available.


The CS6 PDFs are not available yet. As soon as they are available, I’ll update this post to add the links.

The Offline PDFs are now available for download.

You can also download these using the Adobe Help Manager.

See the following post by my colleague Mallika for details: 5 FAQs about offline help in CS6.

Previous versions

If you need PDFs for the previous versions, such as CS5.5/5, you can access the PDFs for the previous versions from the Archives page.

InDesign Archive

InCopy Archive


, , , , , ,

  1. #1 by Dale Mitchell on July 17, 2012 - 7:59 pm

    I have a full color 4 page brochure that I need to data merge and fold in half at the same time. Mail merges perfectly but does not fold. What am I missing?

    • #2 by Vikrant on July 17, 2012 - 8:16 pm

      I’d recommend asking difficult questions on the InDesign Forums. Folks far more capable than me will help you there.

  2. #3 by Irma Jose on September 13, 2012 - 2:52 am

    How many computers am I able to install ADOBE INDESIGN CS6 for???

    • #4 by Vikrant on September 13, 2012 - 10:51 am

      The short answer is two.
      Terms of your licence agreement describe the details. In general, it means that you can install it on one computer. In addition you may also install it on your portable or home computer, for your use only. I think the license also states that both installations may not be used at the same time.

      (Now is where it gets a little confusing. You may install it on as many computers as you want, but you can activate only on two computers at a time. The other computers will complain and the software will not run at all)

  3. #5 by Brenda on October 22, 2012 - 8:01 pm

    I have a created document that I forgot to remove the grid at the creation of the document. Even though I go to VIEW, then GRIDS AND GUIDES, and click on the HIDE feature, the background grid still remains visible. At this point is there a way to remove the grid? Thanks.

  4. #6 by Vinh Phan on October 31, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    Hello, can anyone help me please!
    I have bought new Adobe CS6 and trying to make a design poster size 4×1,2meter. Indesign data is only 3,7Mb, but when I export to PDF as usual, the program say it is impossible!? and ask to close down the program.

    Hope to have your help! I lost almost a day with stress of Indesign, which I never have before…:-(

  5. #8 by travail a domicile on January 19, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look
    forward to new updates.

  6. #9 by Janna Rogers on August 7, 2013 - 10:40 pm

    I’m compiling a family history book of nearly 600 pages with lots of pictures. The publisher advises me to change the black-and-white pages to grayscale so we won’t have to pay color prices on the publishing. How do I do that?

  7. #11 by Gigi on August 24, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    I am trying to crop something in AI and it is a logo with words. It keeps telling e I can;t do the clipping mask because there needs to be be more then one object, There are 4. I don’t get it…


  8. #12 by Dawn on December 6, 2013 - 1:41 am

    Help Please! I can’t see the guides on my indesign doc. I have it set to show guides, I go in to Create Guides, set it for 6 columns and when I’m done, they don’t show up. This doc used to have the guides, but they disappeared.

  9. #13 by Mukesh on July 7, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    Hi there. Hope someone could help me. I designed a banner in Indesign. The banner had an image which I edited with Photoshop (removing the background) and saved it as a PSD and imported it to Indesign. The background of the banner was black. I then exported the document as a PDF to print it. When I printed the banner, there was a light maroon block around my image. Does anyone know why? Thank you! Mukesh

  10. #14 by sachin on August 8, 2015 - 9:10 pm

    I am an indesign CS6 user, basically from the print background, I have design several visiting cards which i have hosted it online, I wanted to know what is the method to change the text and content of the card designed by me online from the user side so that they can change the content and print it themselves.


  11. #15 by Alex on September 2, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    Hello there. I have created an interactive PDF document using InDesign CC that allows users to click on the icons by directing them to various sites. I have also created a text field in the same document for the person sending the pdf to customers to fill out.

    Question: Is there away for me to assign an action like “opening outlook” when users click the name located in the text field so that they can send email directly to that person?

    Please advise at your earliest convenience.

  12. #16 by Rafael on September 16, 2015 - 8:00 am

    Can anyone tell me if InDesign CS5.5 or CS6 MAC files can be opened using MAC or Windows InDesign CC 2015 files.

    • #17 by Vikrant on October 1, 2015 - 4:12 pm

      Yes: Older files can be opened using the latest version of the software. INDD files are the same on Win or Mac. (But if you’re using fonts, which re not available, they’ll show up missing.)
      CAUTION: However, once you save the file, you may not be able to open it using the previous versions. Keep a backup copy.

  13. #18 by Baba on October 11, 2015 - 12:38 pm

    Hi, there I install the adobe indesign cs6, when i type in telugu fonts in anu script7 there was not working, how to use anu 7 in indesign. iam working with anu fonts in page maker, photoshop, coreldraw also
    Please solve my problem

  14. #19 by Baba on October 11, 2015 - 12:40 pm

    Anu fonts not working in indesign

  15. #20 by vaasu on October 27, 2015 - 9:56 am

    i am start using in design cs6 studded of pagemaker7, i am facing problem is telugu typing using anus script…..plz give me some suggestions for me…..

  16. #21 by Shannon on October 28, 2016 - 7:48 pm

    In CS6 do you need to make the panels when creating a trifold a different size? If so, how do you this process in CS6? I’m trying to create a trifold with these dimensions for printing:
    8.5×11” brochures
    Outside: left panel is 3.625. Center and right panels are equal – 3.6875. On the inside, reverse the size of panels.

    I created one in CS6, and printer says It’s not the right size for panels.
    I watched Adobe tutorial, and doesn’t mention how to change panel sizing when creating Trifold in CS6.

(will not be published)