Missing Fonts Loader plug-in for Adobe InDesign

Connects Adobe InDesign with FontExpert and activates missing fonts in Adobe InDesign document.


  • Adobe InDesign for Windows
  • FontExpert
  • Your missing fonts must be located in FontExpert Groups (visible in the Groups view)

Beta version of Missing Fonts Loader plug-in for Adobe InDesign CC

User Guides PDF: CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4, CS3, CS2

Download the plug-in and supplementary files

Installing the Plug-in

1. Install FontExpert. Download the plug-in (see download link above).

2. Download and install Microsoft VC++ Runtime redistributable package

Installing Missing Fonts Loader plug-in

3. Copy MissingFontsLoader folder to the Adobe InDesign plug-ins folder:

c:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CS6\Plug-Ins\MissingFontsLoader\(MissingFontsLoader Resources)
c:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CS6\Plug-Ins\MissingFontsLoader\MissingFontsLoader.pln

(to the Plug-Ins subfolder of the folder, where Adobe InDesign CS6 is installed on your computer.)

4. RESTART Adobe InDesign.

Using the Missing Fonts Loader Plug-in

This plug-in has an activation option: automatic (recommended) or manual.

Automatic Activation

The Missing Fonts Loader Plug-in loads missing fonts automatically when you open an Adobe InDesign document.

The plug-in searches for fonts in font groups defined in FontExpert. If a missing font is not found in the FontExpert Groups view, it will not be activated, and the font will be marked by InDesign as a missing font (for the current document).

Automatic activation of fonts

In the picture below, the Missing Fonts Loader window shows an empty list of missing fonts for the current document, because all fonts were activated automatically:

Fonts activated automatically

When InDesign opens the document, it may still mark fonts as missing, even though they were actually activated by the plug-in during the opening of the document. In this case, you may be required to reopen document to let InDesign know that all missing fonts are now activated.

The font information xml file helps solve this problem. It is recommended to select the Use font information xml files option. Every time you save the .indd document, the Missing Fonts Loader plug-in will create a small xml file. This xml file will include the list of fonts used in the corresponding .indd document. When this xml file is present, the plugin can activate fonts just before the InDesign actually opens the document and searches it for missing fonts. (You will find the xml file near the Adobe InDesign .indd document on your computer.)

font information xml file

Manual Activation

When the Activate Missing Fonts Automatically checkbox is cleared, the plug-in does not activate missing fonts when you open the document. You can open the plug-in window and activate fonts manually.

Manual activation of fonts

The Missing Fonts Loader window shows the list of missing fonts in current document:

Click the Activate All button to activate missing fonts.

Manual activation - Important Note

Unfortunately, when missing fonts are activated manually, you are usually required to close the InDesign document and open it again to let the document "know" that new fonts became available. This is a disadvantage of manual activation.