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Relinking Graphics: Tired of Navigating to the the Original Link Folder? Fix it!

Do you often have to relink images in your InDesign documents, only to have InDesign point you to a folder from an entirely different project or client? Then you have to go navigating through your hard drive, looking for the correct links folder? Well, be frustrated no more!

Fix it this by going to: Preferences > File Handling > Links.  There you can choose from either the Most Recent Relink Folder, or the Original Link Location. I like to change this setting depending upon which project I am working on and what would be the most efficient for that project.


Unlike many Preferences, this setting is an application preference, as opposed to a document preference. For more information about Application- vs. Document Preferences, A Visual Guide to InDesign Preferences.

Kelly Vaughn

Kelly Vaughn

Kelly Vaughn (a.k.a. "Document Geek") has over a decade of print and design experience. She holds Adobe Expert Certifications In InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat, and specializes in writing and designing technical manuals for the marine industry.
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12 Comments on “Relinking Graphics: Tired of Navigating to the the Original Link Folder? Fix it!

  1. Nice one. Now if somebody can share how to place a graphic (⌘D) from a smart folder (OS X), that’d be super.

      • Hmmm, when I attempt to place an image and I choose one of my smart folders from the sidebar (for example, I use a smart folder set to show only files modified in the last 24 hours), Indesign shows nothing available.

        I’m on OS X 10.9 using CS6.

      • That’s great – thanks Adam! Another reason to push the bosses for the upgrade. I really appreciate your help on this.

  2. This is not working for our team. It does work for images saved to one’s desktop, but doesn’t seem to work for images linked to a shared server (which is where we store all our graphics). We’re using Indd CC 2014 and Mavericks. Any ideas? It would be SUCH a timesaver if we could get this to work. (Note: I experimented with checking and unchecking the box for “Update Graphic Links In Package” when packaging the file, but neither seemed to make any difference).

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