4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 4, 2015 2:16 AM by seb400

    Another 'disappearing' text thread


      I've read through a few of these but none of them quite match my problem.


      In the past week I've had the text in two documents suddenly 'vanish' while working on them. Not necessarily all the text in the document but randomly on a number of pages. I say vanish, but actually it's still there as if I create a new document and drag the text box to it, it reappears.


      However, in the original document I cannot get the text to appear. If I click inside a text box there is no text tool available, as if the box were simply empty of any content. If I click on 'Ignore Text Wrap' it doesn't return either. It does however reappear if I make the text box wider or higher, but then vanishes again when I return the box to normal.

      The only way around it is to open a new document and drag everything over which on a 44-page publication with a deadline is in no way ideal!


      I'm using latest version of InDesign 2015 on a Macbook Pro. Nothing has changed in the past week as far as I can tell to cause this.

        • 1. Re: Another 'disappearing' text thread
          seb400 Level 1

          Is hyphenation turned off?

          If so, and the text size is increased when editing you may find that things like web addresses, or long headings become too long to display across a single column. Increasing the width of text box may well allow what 'disappeared' to re-appear as the column width has increased sufficiently to accommodate.


          I don't care much for hyphenation and will often add a soft return (shift+return) to force a 'non breaking' line of text to the next line to avoid this.


          Beware of adding soft returns to to headings that may appear in a 'contents list' as the text will appear on two lines if forced over this way.



          • 2. Re: Another 'disappearing' text thread
            ed73 Level 1

            Thanks for reply Steve.


            That's not the problem, however, as this seems to knockout multiple text boxes at once that were previously fine (so no extra-long non-breaking words to affect individual boxes).


            It doesn't seem to be an issue with any standard sort of user error, this seems like a bug in my InDesign/setup/document. Curious that it's happened across two totally different documents and not others, though.

            • 3. Re: Another 'disappearing' text thread
              Claudia McCue Level 1

              Some thoughts:


              If the text is being forced into overset, turn on Hidden Characters (Type > Show Hidden Characters); do you see a tiny (could they make it any smaller?) "V" at the end of the visible text? That's a frame break, caused by pressing the numeric keypad Enter rather than the Enter/Return in the alpha keyboard. Replace with plain old Return or soft return.


              Could it be, instead, a screen refresh issue? Are you in High Quality Display with Optical Margin Alignment activated? I'm working on a project with long chapters and tons of anchored graphics, and this was driving me nuts. In desperation, I turned off Optical Margins, and that has fixed it (so far).

              Accidental application of a style involving [Paper] colored text?

              An odd set of dimensions applied to a text frame in the Auto-Size options of Object > Text Frame Options?

              I'm grasping at straws here... ;-)

              • 4. Re: Another 'disappearing' text thread
                seb400 Level 1

                Another thought on this issue (similar found through experience).

                Is any of the text styled with 'keep' options that specify a start location eg next odd/even page?


                If edited text reflows a couple of lines over onto the next, say odd numbered page, and there is text on that page with a 'keep style' set to 'next odd page' that text will jump through all the text boxes on that page until it reaches the next odd page.