What happens when you look into the story editor mode? CTRL/COMMAND+Y?
Yes, I can see all my text in the Story Editor. What do I need to do to see the text in the pages?
Can you tell us a bit more about the world file. Is it formatted? What version of Indesign are you using, Mac/Windows?
M using Win7 - Word 2010 and InDesign CC - newest version.
- unformatting the complete manuscript as a .doc AND a .docx
- saving the .doc as a .rtf
- saving the .doc as a word .pdf
- NEXT - I'll try downloading a print-pdf converter
I'm not a computer newbie - I started programming enterprise systems in the 90s. I am new to InDesign --- and this should be so EASY.... WTF? No doubt it's some little setting hidden away some where?
Really. I'm frustrated.
One last resource is saving the file as plain text (like in Notepad) and placing that in Indesign.
Not a good suggestion. My manuscript is 235 pages - 55 Chapters and 56,000 words.
Someone must know the answer.
I mean I can SEE my text in the Story Editor - and it seems to be formatted correctly. However, in the ID Document - ONLY the first sentence appears.
With Word documents is hard to tell. Using plain text was the only way I was able to place a 300 plus page book I had to format. That was after trying pretty much what you have tried. Let's see if someone else has more ideas. So, what you see is like the title or the first line of a paragraph.
There has to be some setting that needs to be checked, because if I can see my manuscript AND it's proper format in Story Editor - then InDesign HAS the file CONVERTED - it just doesn't show the full text in the ID Document.
If there is no mis-set setting.... then I need to hear from an Adobe technician because this is not right. I mean - if they want to keep me as a customer - their software needs to function correctly the first time without having to spend a week trying to figure out WTF with InDesign.
Did you hold the shift key down when placing the file to add all the pages
automatically? Are there any no break characters sets after the first word?
You're not talking directly to Adobe here. We are users like you. If you can wait a bit, tomorrow there will be other contributors that might shed some light on this.
Did you hold the shift key down when placing the file to add all the pages = YES
automatically? Are there any no break characters sets after the first word? = No
I'm going to try copy/paste FROM story editor TO Id Doc..... yes?
Let me add that I appreciate ALL suggestions and ideas.
I mean I'm not the first person to hide this snag ---- right, Ellis?
But if it's not something that needs to be set differently - then this is a Bug, right?
The file I had problems with was given to me by somebody else. I had a completely different experience when I prepared my own word document for another book with just minimum formatting. I didn't have any problems at all placing it in Indesign.
There are a lot of possibilities causing the problem, probably it is caused by some formatting done in Word.
- What text styles are used in Word? Do they have some break options? Repair them in Word.
- Are text boxes/frames used in Word? Remove them in Word.
- Is in Word some kind of break inserted (section, page, column, …)? Remove them in Word.
But also important:
- When you import the Word file, do you select the import options during import? Do it!
- In InDesign is a character style selected before importing, before choosing the text tool? Don't.
Because we don't know the source of the Word file it is hard to tell you what it is. A huge problem are Word files which have been converted from PDF or other programs.
I would try to get rid from any Word imported formatting. Imported styles from Word I would never use in InDesign, I import them often, but I have my own styles predefined in InDesign. After importing I delete step by step the Word formatting. I know, I could map the Word Styles to existing InDesign styles, but in my experience some unexpected things are happening when the Word file comes from someone else than me, because a lot of people have only limitted knowledge when it comes to Word styles and document structure.
If you see the whole story in the Story Editor, but only the first word on the page, go back to story editor. Is there an overset indicator after the first word? If yes, then there is some sort of problem right at the second and following words that is preventing the first line from being able to break, so it throws the rest of the story into overset.
Are the columns narrow? If so, you need to allow hyphenation to allow a long word to break (most likely this is not your particular problem, but I feel obligated to mention it). Turn on visibility for non-printing characters. A common cause of this problem is a string of words separated by non-breaking spaces, especially if hyphenation is turned off. Since this is coming direct from Word that would be my first suspicion. Another common cause is the use of No Break on long strings, but again, not likely here since Word does not have a No Break attribute that I'm aware of, unless you've mapped Word styles to ID styles on import and improperly applied No Break in the ID style somehow.
I've also seen this happen when importing Word text where the left and right indents were wider than the column width, or the type size was very large in relation to the column width so the text could not fit.
Often, it is a matter of left / right withdrawal text in the paras. So, I select all the text and put them to 0. That generally fixes the problem.