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Not visible in InDesign but it does pop up in a PDF? That's strange. It is possible to designate objects as "visible-but-not-printable" and the other way around, but that only goes for the produced PDF file. In InDesign itself, this object would always be visible.
Pretty much the same goes for your "on a hidden layer" idea. Stuff on a hidden layer does not get exported to a PDF (by default), but then making all layers visible ought to have it show up.
Only thing I can think of is (a) delete any random object in InDesign, then (b) export to PDF. Repeat until the grid disappears; then it has something to do with the last object you deleted ...
By the way, are you sure you are looking at the right view in InDesign? In Preview Mode you won't see "everything", you must use the normal "working" view where you can see the pasteboard and guide lines and such. (That said, the Preview mode *should* display the file the way it gets exported, so then you would also see it in ID.)
(That said, the Preview mode *should* display the file the way it gets exported, so then you would also see it in ID.)
I'm not sure that's 100% true if you were to export with Include Visible guides and Grids checked -- not a setting I use.
Thank you Jongware.
I located the item, it is "<pasted graphic>" in Layer 2. As I cannot do anything with it, I'll hide it for the export and use my cruder grid in PowerPoint, though I might make it more transparent so it is more like the original. I recoloured the pale background to black (I hadn't made it that dark before) and there was, very faintly, the grid.
I find it difficult to think about the solution to such invisible problems when trying to finish 97 slides in two days.
And thanks to Adobe for the new layer feature in InDesign. In CS7 maybe we can get to rename items in the layers???