Are you in Preview or Overprint Preview mode?
Are the individual objects locked? By default you cannot select locked objects (but it's a preference choice you can change). Check the layers panel. Can you slect them there?
If you can select them, open the attributes panel to see if they are set to non-printing.
Thank you for your reply Peter,
Not in Overprint mode. But the issue happens regaurdless of being in Normal or Preview screens.
Individual objects are not locked.
I can select 'ghost' elements by clicking to color in their squares, but I cannot do anything with them, and they do not actually show as selected on the page.
None are set to non-printing.
EDIT: I can actually select the invisible element's square (in layer panel) and move it into a new layer, and the object / text appears... which is a work-around... but WHY did this happen? What is causing it?... any ideas folks?
ALSO, with my new discovery of moving these elements to new layers to reveal them again (my work-around) I have also realized I could just delete the 'ghost' and start fresh, in either a new layer, OR in one 'probelm layer' (of all places!)...
BUT only in one of my two 'problem layers' ..the inconsistancy blows my mind. How is it possible?
sidenote: watching House M.D. on Netflix is only cranking up my enthusiasm for solving this mystery
Is ther any other object in front of it, perhaps -- a large empty frame filled with Paper maybe? If not, I'd say there's probably some sort of file corruption and I'd save a copy in the current state as backup, then export to .idml to see if you can clean it. See Remove minor corruption by exporting
You probably should also do a Select All on the page and see if you see any stray single point objects or other objects you don't expect (both on the page display or in the layers panel). I've seen perhaps three cases inthe last 8 or 9 years of single point objects with a fill assigned that caused all sorts of strnge behavior. I've never managed to create on of these intentionally, however.
Thank you for the information about removing minor corruption by exporting.
I did see a single stray point when selecting everything! (see pic, at dead center of my spread)
- apparently, it had text in it... (see screenshot)
- but when I made a new box to see text, there was no text and the size/shape of box was not determined by my mouse movements (see screenshot below)
- it was not on either of the more noticable 'problem layers' (which were 'text' and 'background') however, on the spread the dot was on, I realized those other layer elements had disappeared (so total effected layers = 3, the third being 'labels' where the dot was sitting)
- indd crashed once when my co-worker was inspecting the strange stray point earlier. We thought nothing of it after the crash, excpet the crash was the impetus for writing my forum post... Never thought twice of the dot until you mentioned it!
Very weird. I certainly did not create this one intentionally... but it is comforting to know you've seen this happen before... do you feel like a Ghostbuster?
I was able to just delete the point. We'll see if anything new and strange happens... fingers crossed.
THANK YOU PETER!