I'm having a problem with importing Word 2010 files into InDesign CS5.5 and I was wondering if anyone here could help. A quick trawl of the web has uncovered no solutions.
Even though I use the "Import Options" panel when bringing the file in and am very careful about what I select, Word insists on dragging in a whole extra load of frames. Some are of text boxes placed on to of the main text flow, but others are blank. Even if I deselect the "Import inline graphics" option they still appear. Would anyone know what they are? I think the might be something to do with the placed graphs but they really are a heck of a size. All I want is the main body text and the tables. I know I could save the Word file to plain text and import that (and I do), but we spent a long time setting up match paragraph / character styles between our Word and InDesign files and the effort put into that is now wasted.
I'm sure I used to be able to just bring in the text, tables and styles that I wanted in the old days - does anyone know what's happening?
Thanks in advance for any and all advice offered.
My guess is there is something in the word file that is too large for the text frame and it's going into overset. Take a look at the story in Story Editor and see what's going on.
Thanks for the tip Peter, Story Editor revealed that they were indeed a result of some tables placed on top of the main text flow and a couple of footer items we'd neglected to delete. I have no idea why the frames are so big when what they contain is so small but at least now we know what they are and can delete them with worry.
Unlike Word, ID will not split a table row, so if there is too much text for the row height to fit into the frame ID will try to move that row to the next page.