Try View > Menus > Complete
"Complete" has a checkmark by it, still no Variables pod...
Try picking another workspace?
Meaning another document? I've opened and closed several documents and books, and restarted FM several times since noticing the problem last Thursday.
No, I mean one of those Workspaces – top right corner – authoring, review, design, etc. – maybe the one you use has gotten corrupted?
Oh, interesting! Yes, if I switch to the Blank or Manage Graphics workspace, I can see the Variables pod, but not in the Authoring workspace. So I did a Reset Workspace, and can now see all the pods. Thank you, much!
Phew, I was running out of ideas as to what was going on </grin
Hi, I had the same problem with Framemaker 11. The Variables pod just disappeared and I cannot get it back.
I tried thee instructions too, but with no help.
I turned off my laptop and started Framemaker after that, but still no variables
Fianlly I got the variables back.
It would be helpful to others who may encounter this situation if you let us know what you had to do to get the variables pod to display again...
My variables pod was there, but empty. I was going to import variables from our template, when I collapsed the book file and the variables displayed. With the book file expanded, no variables show within the pod, even when double-clicking on a variable. It's very disconcerting.
I guess I'll keep the book file collapsed until generating or manipulating files within it. It's odd though. Is it a bug or a feature?
I have the same problem in Framemaker 10. I did all those you tried as well; but when I clicked "Reset Workspace" then fewer pods appeared on my right side! I've restarted FM and my machine twice, and still no difference in my number of pods. Please help!
Did selecting another workspace have any effect? Are you all patched up?
Thanks for your quick reply!
Yes, I’m using the latest version with all the patches.
My co-worker was able to restore the missing Panels by some keyboard shortcuts that I still can’t find online even by their shortcut, such as:
Ctrl+M Paragraph Designer
Ctrl+D Character Designer
Ctrl+T Table Designer
Would it be possible to get a complete list? The Panels that disappear on me most are the three CROSS-REFERENCE / SHOW/HIDE CONDITIONAL TEXT / FONTS Panels.
Here's the trick: when you access a command from a menu like Special > Cross-Reference the Cross Reference panel opens up. Most panels dock themselves to the panel group on the right, others may need to be pulled over and docked manually (like Edit > Find/Change). Pick one of the default workspaces from the workspace menu at the top right corner of the FrameMaker window (Authoring, Design and Manage Graphics are three to consider as the starting point, depending on your workflow). Then add the extra panels that you use.
Here's how to access the specific panels you mentioned:
- Special > Cross-Reference
- Special > Conditional Text > Show/Hide Conditional text
- View > Pods > Fonts
- Format > Paragraphs > Designer
- Format > Character > Designer
- Table > Format > Designer
As you use each feature, the appropriate panel opens. Once you have customized the toolbars, pods and panels the way you like to see them, go to the workspace list at the top right of the FrameMaker window, and choose New Workspace and save your custom workspace with an appropriate name. When I'm teaching new Fm students, we make a workspace called "Learning FrameMaker" shown below (though we collapse the pods at the bottom to get them out of the way until we need them):
The perfect workspace is the one that has all of your everyday commands front and center, and removes the ones you never use. When panels "disappear"—which means that someone undocked them and then clicked the close box—just return to your workspace list and select Reset Workspace from the bottom of the list. Every panel that was there when you saved returns to the original position.
As for the second part of your question, here are the keyboard shortcuts: Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) . Hold on to your hat: there are more shortcuts here than most people ever want to know about. But for those of us who love keyboard shortcuts, it's a little slice of heaven.