I've crashed Indesign over a couple of hundred times in the last few weeks with this very same issue. When I create even a new table the styles I'm assigning by default aren't working. When I go in to tell it to override the cell styles it's crashing Indesign. I've unfortunately resorted to not using the cell styles palette because of the bug. It's very unnerving. I think they should just call CC what it is and label the version as Beta.
@Chris – Is InDesign CC patched to the latest version?
Are you interested to test a script by Marc Autret posted at the inDesign Scripting Forum?
See the following thread and posts:
How to break link to cell/table style in a selection
Dec 14, 2013 3:51 PM
See Marc Autret's script for cleaning different levels:
Change the last line of his code to your will. Basically you have 4 options. Chose *one* of those:
Option 1 LEVEL 0:
breakLinkToCellStyleSelection(0); // LEVEL 0 => only clear overrides relative to *defined* style attributes
Option 2 LEVEL 1:
breakLinkToCellStyleSelection(1); // LEVEL 1 => clear all overrides (through root style)
Option 3 LEVEL 2:
breakLinkToCellStyleSelection(2); // LEVEL 2 => clear all overrides and apply [None]
Option 4 LEVEL 3:
breakLinkToCellStyleSelection(3); // LEVEL 3 => apply [None] *in depth* (i.e. release all attributes)
Select your cells or your table and run the whole script.
Does it crash InDesign CC as well?
This is not an ideal solution, but try converting the table to text, then clear overrides/apply the styles you'd like and convert back into table. I had a problem table and this was the only thing that worked for me.
I had tried the table cleaning scripts before but they crashed the file. I ended up recreating the pages that had the faulty/glitchy tables in them manually. This time around the file was a 100page document with tables on nearly every page. Deleting pages and finding the offending boxes was the only way I could narrow it down.
what version of InDesign and OS are you using?
The same question goes to cpattersonv1.
Plus: You mentioned "offending boxes". Do you refer to text frames?
And if yes, are the text frames threaded to other text frames?
Are you using a paragraph style that has the Span/Split columns feature set?
I observed some severe instabilities leading to crashes with combining Span/Split paragraph formatting in conjunction with tables in the same story.
I'm using InDesign CC 2015 on Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.
I've had it happen in CS6, CC, and CC2014 under Mac OS 10.7-10.8.5. Also under CC on Vista Business 64. The [text] boxes are typically threaded and in my case contain tables and image anchors. Sometimes those images are embedded in the tables. It becomes a real issue where there may be 20+ pages that exhibit the symptoms. The documents I get come from Germany in this case, and although they have been translated into English, the language assigned to many of the text boxes and styles is German 1996 Reform. A find and replace works usually to replace all of the language settings in the styles. When attempting to apply style changes the problem occurs. I may have 100 versions of a document by the time it's all done simply because I can't risk Indesign crashing and me making up hours of lost work on deadline. Sometimes the auto recovery works, but sometimes I'll find that text boxes have been ditched and all of the type has rewrapped throughout the thread. There might be 15 pages in a thread.
I have been having this same issue for weeks now. Any time I clear overrides in a table, InDesign crashes. And now, my files are becoming corrupt. I just started a brand new document, created a table, cleared overrides and, you guessed it, CRASH. Why is there no response from Adobe on this?
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MicheleAlise wrote:… Why is there no response from Adobe on this?
can you provide a document where this will happen for testing?
Best use a Dropbox link and post it here.
What is your exact version of InDesign?
On what OS?
Okay, so here's a video I've put together to replicate the issue.
The workaround is rather than using the cell style palette to replace the override, simply replace the paragraph style in the cell. The cell style override is where the bug is.
Thank you for putting this error into a video, maybe now the developers can get to work on fixing the problem! I don't work on tables a whole lot, in part because I find working with them so counter-intuitive.