You have your text tool selected - and top left you have the "A" and not the paragraph icon - right? Also, maybe try resetting your window/workspace/advanced or /reset advanced. It's window/type & Tables/Character NOT Character Styles - that is something different.
Correct! There is an "A" on the top left. That whole header menu looks different than it used to. I tried clicking Windows > Workspace > Essentials but it was already checked and did nothing. So I tried "reset Essentials" - that didn't work. There is no "advanced" option to select.... When I click Windows > Types and Tables the options are:
There is no "Character" or "Character Styles" options... But yes, I want the "Characters" dialog box back and while I'm at it I'd like the old header menu back too...
I don't get it but this is frustrating.
I assume you tried quitting INDD, and restarting your computer? Start a new document - try to use "advanced" for the workspace.
I may have restarted the computer because I had updates to install.
So ok, I started a new document.... When I click "Window > Workspace" These are my options:
Untitled (which is checked)
[Interactive for PDF]
[New in CS5.5]
Printing and Proofing]
There is no "Advanced" option
If you mean the header menu, I don't see any option
"Show All Menu Items..." Where on the bar would that be?
And yes, I trashed the preferences by hitting ctrl, alt, shift when I restarted InDesign. It trashed everything but didn't resolve the issue.
Show all menu items should appear a the bottom of any menu list that is set to limit the displayed choices as part of a workspace.
It's sounding like there's a problem with the program installation. Does it work if you restart the computer, logging in with a different user account?
I'll try restarting it. I am the only user on this computer so there is no other account
Make a new account. This is an important diagnostic test. If things work in a new user, then the problem is in the old user files, not the program itself.
OK I will try.... I don't really know how to do that. But hopefully I can figure it out.
BTW I found the "Show Full Menus' option under Windows>Workspace. But it isn't highlighted so I can't click on it