Your problem probably isn't the master pages or linked text. Every InDesign document that has been around for a while picks up old, unwanted code and begins to bloat. Try this: Save as (assuming you're in CS6. Use export if otherwise) and use the .idml format. YOu will get a nice clean little file from this process. open the .idml, resave back as an indd file and you will most likely have solved your bloated file problem.
Hope that helps,
Linking text will not save space, and worse, if you update the link you lose any editing or formatting you've done in ID, so you should only link text files that are in flux and others are responsible for editing, and train them well in the use of styles so you don't need to reformat every time the link is updated.
Sluugish files can be casued by many different things. The first thing you should do is Save AS to remove old change data that you can no longer access from the file. Other major causes of sluggisness are live preflight, cross-references, especially between files as ID is conatantly opening the other files to check as you type, then closing them again, and lots of GREP styles nested in your paragraph styles, because ID must re-parse the entire story after each keystroke to be sure the pattern hasn't changed.
You can also try turning off page thumbnails in the Pages panel.
Thanks for the help. This shrank the file size from 53 KB to 25 KB!
I did see, though, that some of my graphics and text framses didn't come through. I have some nearly blank pages. Should I just copy in the elements from the old file and save, or is this a sign of a bigger issue or corrupted file?
Nothing should be lost in exporting and reopening a .idml file in the same version, so if things disappeared, there's a problem. Are the links up to date? Missing links would show as gray boxes.
No grey boxes just blank spaces. I should probably just redo the process then.
I agree with Peter, nothing should have been lost so you may have other issues with that old file. On the plus side, the new file should be very clean and problem free. I would not recommend copying and pasting the old, since that might re-introduce problems. If it's not tedious, simply remake them in the new file from scratch.
Of course you could try resaving that original file as an.idml file again just to see if your results are different.
Those are usually .idlk files. It looks like you have file extensions visibility turned off in your OS so I can't be sure. If they are .idlk files, or indesign lock files, they are normal and will go away when you save and close your documents.
Thank you guys so much for all the help. I will use the new file and recreate the missing elements.
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