I'm having an issue in InDesign where I'm unable to delete links appearing in multiple files that have even made their way into one of our templates. They do not list a page number where the object appears and clicking on the "< >" does nothing.
A cursory search of the InDesign forum yielded two results, both of which were answered by having the OP go into the document structure and delete stories from the Root (see below). In my document, however, there is NOTHING listed under Root in the structure. Where are these files and how do I get rid of them?
I'd really like to eliminate this problem before it spreads further. Any help?
Slight update: In another document the page number is listed as "DT." When I click on it I get this this message:
This document *does* contain elements in the structure but even when removed from the structure the items stay in the links panel. So my questions are:
1) Am I removing items from the structure incorrectly?
2) If I've already removed items from the structure, how do I remove the links that were associated with that content?
No, Peter. Track changes is not on and even when I do turn it on there are no changes to accept or reject.
I think I have solved it! The only thing appearing in the Structure panel was "Root" and I assumed there was nothing there because it couldn't be expanded, but I tried deleting Root and it eliminated ALL of the offending links! The XML file it generates from choosing "Export XML" is now likewise blank, whereas before it contained random text that once existed in the document. Upon deleting, icon for Root in the Structure panel changed from a "=" to a "< >" (signifying, I suppose, an empty placeholder). Because InDesign requires the Root to be there, it simply recreated it when I deleted. Apparently this is the way to trash ALL XML information in the document. NOTE: This should only be done if you're dealing with a template; otherwise, you run the risk of deleting the associated content from the document pages.)
If this thread helps but one person looking to solve this problem in the future, it was a huge waste of time. But if it helps TWO people, it was totally worth it.