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Registration is a special swatch in InDesign to apply a color that prints on all printing plates. It’s useful for creating registration marks for print, and some transparency tricks, but in most cases you don’t want to apply it to objects in your layout.

To avoid accidentally clicking on the Registration swatch instead of Black, drag Registration to the bottom of the swatch list.

Do this while no files are open and it will become the default for all new documents you create.

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of LinkedIn Learning courses on InDesign, Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, and Adobe Dimension.
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