When I try to drag a new guide from either the top or left side area, the whole document goes wild, adding pink color around my text, and highlighting various things here and there. But i don't know how to turn it off, or to prevent it from happening in the first place. i just want to add a guide...
Without some screen shots it's hard to know, but it sounds like you're in Preview mode and dragging the guide is switching you back, at least while you drag, to layout view.
Pink highlighing is a VERY SERIOUS warning. It means the font is missing. You can turn it off inthe Composition section fo the Prefs, but I strongly advise against it. You may also find that you already have guides you can't see if you switch back to layout view.
Thank you Peter. It was an issue with the views like you suggest. When I dragged the guide it switched the screen mode back to regular, which caused the various things to appear, including the pink highlighting, and a lot of guides that were already there, just like you said.
You help is much appreciated.