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I have done a lot of work on a lot of files. To give them to a new designer working for us, I have put them on an external HDD and passed them over. But he now has to open up every file individually and relink them to the External HDD or his own HDD. This is really time consuming (there are hundreds of documents). Is there a quicker way to do this? We really only need to be able to tell InDesign that the front of the image location has changed, as all of the other parts of the file structure are the same.

This would save me loads of time, and I'm sure there must be a solution...

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I found another answer. In the Links Panel there's a drop down menu in the top right, choose Relink to Folder and it should relink all the files in one step.

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File > Package should also work wonders: this saves the *.indd file and all linked files, fonts etc. in a single directory you can then pass around at leisure. Watch out for license troubles, though!

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Thanks, I have now discovered this feature. License problems didn't occur here, the client provides all of the material and is the licensee. Cheers though :) – Eoin Oct 1 '13 at 11:21
This feature is great, but is there a way to do this for multiple documents? I'm working on a 56 page magazine, and we save each spread as a separate document, I don't really need the font file multiple times for example. – Eoin Nov 28 '13 at 17:12
You could try to collate the separate documents into a 'book', using File > New > Book and then package that. I'm not sure whether it'll work though. It does work wonders for your page numbering! – Vincent Nov 28 '13 at 17:32

Chose File, then Package. All the links and fonts are then copied into a new fully-contained folder with a copy of the actual .INDD file.

If you're looking at a magazine, you'd probably either want to join the separate files as a book or simply merge the files into one document.

Also, if the links are all in the same place, once you relink one image, the others should automatically relink. In that case, you wouldn't have to package the files. But most designers find it easiest to package the files.

Hope that helps!

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Thank you, for one off files this may well be easiest :) – Eoin Feb 12 '15 at 13:55

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