I'm pretty sure there's no way to hide the highlighting from a menu command.
However, as a workaround, you can create a new window of the same file and page (Window > New Window for [filename]). That way you could, for example, try different typefaces without seeing the highlighting in the second window, or you could see the color of the type without the highlighting.
that is so unbelievably ridiculous, but it does work. who'd a thunk it? great find. how totally disappointing that it is 2015 and adobe doesn't give us the slick fast easy interfaces of our dreams.
hard to believe i have to create a new window. ok -- it works. don't know how to set the zoom in the new window, just plus and minus with the magnifying glass. maybe that's somewhere more obvious though.
cheers and thanks a bunch!
As much as we'd like the three primary Adobe design applications to have all the same "essential" features, we're still not there yet. Photoshop just added Smart Guides, while that feature has been in InDesign and Illustrator forever. Gradually each is adding things that are missing, but it takes a long time.
It is one of ID's oddest missing features. It makes me wonder if there's something about ID that making it hard to engineer. The new window works, but who wants to take up that kind of screen space just to edit color? I make all of my text color as swatches so I can edit color without making a selection.
I'm not sure I understand what you're asking here. If you select your text frame, you can still change the colour (or any other attribute) of your text without it being highlighted. Or am I not understanding properly?
Only if the frame is not threaded...
And suppose you want to change only part of the text?
Yes that's true Peter - I was thinking more of ad layouts and such where there is only one text element in the frame.
When I select a text frame and adjust color it affects the frame fill not the text—or have I been missing something?
Formatting affects container or Formatting affects text are two small proxies on the swatches palette.
Also, they reside just south of the Stroke and Fill icons in the tool panel.
Thanks, I had a feeling from Peter's response that I was missing something. There are still many cases where simply hiding the text highlight would really be helpful. If I'm sketching and don't have styles or swatches built yet it's a pain.
for me, it's: i have been "out of the tech scene" for about 5 solid years. i was involved in it consulting on a reasonably high level for a good while.
i'm doing a few projects that require a bit of a return to tech.
and i just upgraded to yosemite -- which pretty much "feels" like upgrading to windows 95. really really annoying.
and here i am in indesign and you can't go "View | Extras" and turn text selection highlighting on and off.
it's just a facepalm moment for me.
i hear you Steve, in that you are saying "things take time," but from my perspective -- software development as an industry has lacked clear, user-advocacy focused leadership.
i am also currently using premiere pro. the latest version. and i just cannot believe how bad the user interface is. great, yeah, i guess you CAN accomplish particular things with premiere that you cannot in other applications -- but again -- like in the early to mid 1990's -- you have to jump through so many needless hoops to get there, it is just plain ridiculous.
and it's 2015.
it's not 1995.
so really, i am saying that i give the industry of software development, as a whole, a C- for their contributions to humanity over the last 20 years.
i can cite plenty of other examples why -- and might in future publications of mine -- but it's important to me to provide solutions along with critique. i have solutions prepared, but haven't gotten around to publishing them yet.
this highlighting issue may seem small -- but it's really just another straw on this camel's back.
obtuse user interface programming won't break my back - but i will express my dissatisfaction clearly -- and i am willing to provide solutions as well.
frankly, in this return to tech for me -- i'd enjoy providing end user advocacy services to a few companies -- including adobe.
"this stuff" could all work so much better -- so much more easily -- if end user advocacy played a much more prominent role in user interface design.