I’m using InDesign CS6. The preflight lists overset errors. When I click on the page icon and go to where the overset txt is supposed to be…there is none.
I deleted EVERYTHING in the entire document, then did a SAVE-AS a new name; restarted InDesign; opened the empty document...and it still says I have overset text. I’ve had this issue before with other documents and just ignored the errors after hours of trying to fix the non-existent overset text - but other people have to use my documents. Having errors is an issue with shared documents. I started a chat with an adobe tech support person, but they had no idea what the problem is. Is this a bug? More importantly, is there a fix?
any help much appreciated.
I have a document with a similar issue. I just opened it just to check. When I click on the overset and click somewhere else, I get an empty text frame. I guess that's what happens to you as well. I turned on Show Hidden Characters and noticed that somehow I had at the bottom of the page a paragraph sign (probably I hit enter at the end without noticing it). I just deleted it and now is fine. Turn on the Show Hidden Characters and see if something shows up at the end of your document.
Does a brand-new file have any nonexistent "overset text" in it? If so, it's a problem with your install of InDesign.
If not... can you post the file somewhere, so we can download it and examine it?
I too have a couple of InDesign CS6 files that started showing this error. In one file there is absolutely nothing on the page and I get the message the page is overset by 22 characters of text. In another file I get this message on a page that has one text frame. I've removed the frame from the page but the 22 character error remains. What I finaly did was delete these pages then inert new ones. While this clears the error it does seem there is a bug in ID somewhere.
There is a possibility that you might have a text box somewhere in the open area to the left and right of your document pages, that is duplicate copy of what you have set in your document (which is the reason why the errors panel won't "go to it". Zoom out to view the multiple pages of your document and check the open areas.
Hey thanks Clairvoyant but I checked that. I get the feeling ID is somehow embedding code into these pages. For example, I have a file open now containing a text frame that does not have overset text. ID is showing an overset error of 1 character on the page, even when I delete the text frame. There's nothing on the master page nor with Show Hidden Characters turned on. The only thing that seems to solve the issue is to delete then reinsert the page.
Did you try exporting to .idml as I suggested earlier? If there's really nothing in the file and you get this message, then the file has some sort of corruption. Better to see if you can clean it than blindly hope you got it by replacing a page.
Hi Peter, I just exported the file into an IDML and get the same error message so somehow it must have gotten corrupted. I'd like to know how the corruption occurred though. Thanks for your help.
Just to add another element to this discussion. It seems that by default Preflight checks only Visible and Printable Layers. If you open the flyout menu, you have the option to check All Layers and also Objects on Pasteboard and Non-Printing Objects. Maybe this will give some more information to users dealing with this problem.
Would you be willing to send me the file to examine? I probably can't tell you the source of corruption, if there really is corruption, but I may be avle to locate the text if there isn't. I'm sending you an upload link and instructions that you can use, or not, as you choose.
Thanks so much for finding the issue! I would never have figured that one out. Also, thanks too for letting me know about the font issue. I'll have to make some changes.
All the best!