I've run into a similiar problem as stated here: http://forums.adobe.com/message/5212634
Recently, InDesign stopped displaying the menu fields for any sort of input within the application. For example, when creating a document, I can't input a width or height or page numbers. Inside a document, I can't change the font size or type. Even when exporting as a PDF, the prompt box's won't allow me to change any of the fields.
I've restarted InDesign and my computer, and after that didn't work, I reinstalled the application, but the problem still remains. I don't know what to fix or what is even broken. I've never heard of this problem happening to anyone, and from searching around on the web, it seems pretty rare.
Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
I'm on OS 10.6. I've followed the discussion thread of the previous post and I was at the step of creating a different user to see if the problem persisted in a new account. In my case the same problem persisted. Can anyone advise how to proceed?
I have accidentally deleted system fonts but I have used Pacifist to replace the default fonts.
I answered in the other thread, as well. I thought you might be missing the system font used to draw the dialog, but looking at the screen grab I'm not so sure at this point. You may need to uninstall, run the cleaner tool (http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite/kb/cs5-cleaner-tool-installation -problems.html) and reinstall.
Thanks for all your help guys, I had our IT guy at work take a look at it and even he couldn't figure out the problem. We uninstalled all the adobe programs, wiped all traces of adobe off the hard drive then further probed and cleaned all the files that weren't necessary then reinstalled it and had no luck.
What I ended up doing was upgrading to OS 10.8 and when I finished updating from the upgrade, I got this message when I tried to test the adobe programs by opening Illustrator (I had issues with illustrator first then somehow indesign started crashing as well):
Once I ran the install they were asking for Illustrator was fine and my indesign greyed output boxes were fine too. I'm not sure if it was a Java issue or fonts issue. Perhaps a combination of both? Anyway it's all fixed now. Thanks again for your help!