one change here can cause the mouse to appear for more than one minute, forcing you to just wait and sit there.
Have you tried setting the display performance to Fast Display. Doesn't seem like that should be happening with regular text—is the text linked?
Changing Display Performance does not improve the speed.
However, I've just discovered that what is slowing down the performance is that the layout is set in two columns – after converting everything to one column, it's working normally (but it should remain two columns, so changing this setting is no option). Also, I'm working with the Paragraph Composer (but changing to Single-line Composer does not improve performance).
Nothing is linked to text files. But the text frames are linked, yes.
If I leave the files unchanged, working on half a dozen pages takes me one hour. There are almost one thousand pages ...
To break a story into two between text frames X and Y: Select all the
text from the beginning of frame Y onwards and cut it (Ctrl-X).
Then click on the outport of frame X and then click anywhere inside
frame X. This will break the link between frame X and frame Y.
Now place your text cursor inside frame Y, and paste (Ctrl-V).
It's a fiddly process.
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Are you using any Span/Split Columns formatting? That can have a big effect on performance.
Thank you Ariël for your detailed "how to" in matters story breaking, that is really helpful.
Peter, I use Span Columns formatting, so thanks to your info, I have now broken the story before each Span Column paragraph, and this has improved perfomance very much.