Adobe InDesign Tips: Japanese/CJK Functionality + English UI


Adobe

It seems that not a day goes by that I am not using Adobe InDesign CC.
It is my preferred document-authoring app, whether I am preparing a relatively simple single-page document or one that is much longer and complex.

Due to the nature of my work at Adobe, almost all of the documents that I prepare have a non-zero amount of CJK-related content. For this reason, I need to use the Japanese version, which includes additional features and functionality for Japanese, such as the single-line and paragraph composers for Japanese, which also benefit Chinese and Korean. InDesign is also one of the few authoring apps that supports language tagging and the 'locl' (Localized Forms) GSUB feature, so it is particularly useful for my work, especially now that there are genuine Pan-CJK typefaces available, such as Source Han Sans and Source Han Serif.
Most apps have the same functionality regardless of the UI language setting. InDesign is a different beast altogether. In order to expose Japanese and other CJK features and functionality, the Japanese or other East Asian version needs to be installed. This results in having a non-English UI, such as Japanese in my case. While I can certainly deal with a Japanese-language UI, I prefer to work with an English-language UI, mainly to be consistent with other apps that I use. Besides, my native language is English.
The images below show the additional Paragraph and Character Style options that are exposed when Japanese functionality is enabled—shown using an English-language UI. Additional Japanese functionality is found elsewhere in InDesign, such as in the Preferences, and also in the Glyph Panel, so this is merely a taste of the additional functionality that the Japanese version provides.

Anyway, the whole point of this article is about providing an InDesign tip.
It seems that every time that a major InDesign update is released, it torpedoes my Japanese functionality with English-language UI setup. I am then suddenly faced with figuring out how to restore it, which usually involves much trial and error, with an emphasis on the latter. For the latest update that was deployed earlier this month, I made a concerted effort to record the exact steps that I used to restore my desired working environment, in hopes that it would benefit others. (Recording these steps also makes my own life less frustrating for the next major update of InDesign, so this is an 一石二鳥 condition.)
For the nine steps outlined below, all of which are executed using the Creative Cloud app, feel free to substitute Japanese (expressed as 日本語) with another East Asian language, or English (North America) to another Western language:

Uninstall—select “Yes, remove app preferences”
Change the Creative Cloud “App Language” preference to 日本語
Install
Uninstall—select “No, keep app preferences”
Change the Creative Cloud “App Language” preference to English (North America)
Install
Change the Creative Cloud “App Language” preference to 日本語
Reinstall—note the lack of an uninstall
Change the Creative Cloud “App Language” preference to English (North America)

Of course, the better longer-term solution would be to have in-app UI language preference settings. The good news is that it was much harder to do this using earlier versions of InDesign. Baby steps…
If you made it this far, please do me (and Adobe) a favor by adding a comment, if you use Adobe InDesign and have the same or similar functionality (Japanese/CJK) and UI language (English/Western) preference as me.
🐡