Select the link in the links panel and open the panel menu. I don’t remember the exact wording for unlinking the text but it should be fairly obvious.
Unlink SHOULD be right under Go To Link. Edit > Menus... and be sure it's turned on.
Thank you for posting this. Did you ever find a solution? I have the same issue with a book I'm trying to make updates to.
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The best option I've found is to export out the story using the WordsFlow plugin. This creates a new link. Then, when I unlink, I have the text in my InDesign file free and clear. I don't use InCopy, but I tried the same idea of exporting out all the stories to InCopy. This, too, created new article links that I could then unlink.
I just came across the same problem in a document.
.txt file was in the links panel, but no option to 'unlink' or even 'go to'.
I realised that I'd sourced the file in the Data Merge panel and my .txt file was still registering as the Data Source.
From the Data Merge Panel right click the top right drop-down menu and choose 'Remove Data Source', this will then remove the file from your Links Panel.
I'm having this same problem - but think I've found a work around.
In my ID file I have a linked Word doc, when I refresh the link it basically reloads in and ruins the styling applied to the current instance of the link.
So in order to fix this I needed to unlink - but as on these posts, 'unlink' wasn't appearing in my link palette drop down.
I've noticed a discrepancy - with old links that were not showing up as missing, if you relink them to a local file, the 'unlink' menu item will show. (I'd noticed a difference in the 'unlink' menu item showing up / or not for versions of the link on my HD vs a version stored on Dropbox).
Therefore I've devised a work around. I've copied the initial instance of the link so there is a spare instance. Use spare instance to relink to a local link file. Indesign then thinks both links are up to date/local and will display the 'unlink' menu item.
Then you can unlink both links, then delete the spare instance.
Weird huh but it works!
Workarounds aren't really feasible, especially when your book has dozens of links to unstyled text. Can Adobe do something about making the "unlink" option available? It's their bug, they should fix it.
I guess it depends on what you need from the "unlink" option, and I know workarounds aren't ideal at all, but until this is fixed by Adobe...
As someone earlier in the thread suggested, I just exported my content through Wordsflow again, which effectively made a new link (overwriting the old one). Since the new link was obviously fresh and functioning as it normally should, my "unlink" option came back! I'm guessing that since what you want is to delete the link altogether, it doesn't matter that you're unlinking from a newly-made document instead of the original. The only downside is that it's one extra step and perhaps creates extraneous files you may not need; a headache, for sure, but not stupidly unfeasible.
But you probably solved your problem months ago. Hope you figured it out!