Could it be an underline that has gotten its position shifted?
There is no underline applied. Thanks for trying.
Can you share this file (or even a page of it) via dropbox or other file-sharing service?
A look at the file itself is going to be the fastest way to figure this out.
This is a scripting property which displays overrides to your styles. In the newest version of InDesign you can show overrides in the Paragraph Style and Character Style menus. In earlier versions you needed a script to show overrides. Read these two posts to learn more and to download a script to toggle them. They do not print.
This screen shot is from indiscripts.com. The red bar on the sides shows an override in the line.
Pro tip: Use Styles for everything and remove overrides.
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I respectfully disagree with Barbara Binder (although she is usually correct).
1. None of those three options also puts a red bar to the far left to indicate the style override.
2. When you go to View > Screen Mode > Presentation, they disappear since they are non-printing.
I used the Show Local Formatting script many times until Adobe built it into the software in CC 2015.
I must admit, Jane-e, I did not even see the vertical bar to the left.
In the Cahracter Panel and in the Paragraph Panel you see that [+] button.
If this button is pushed, any manual overrides to text is marked with red.
I would strongly recommend not to use any manual override! You will get a lot of problems on the end of the day. That is what this new functionality is made for: avoid future problems.
Willi is showing the functionality in InDesign CC 2015 v11.3 (or above) to turn on/off the feature.
Btw. The overrides in CC 2015 are shown in a less alarming and a more eye-friendly blue color.
If you do have overrides and turned on the feature to highlight overrides, this will travel along with an IDML file exported from CC 2015 and will be visible in earlier versions like CC 2015 v11.2 back to CS4 I think. With older versions the overrides are shown in red.
So it can happen, that someone will save a CC 2015 v11.3 InDesign document (not an IDML file), someone else will open that with CC 2015 v11.2 and is confronted with the same optical problem.
Without a script you cannot turn off that feature in earlier versions than CC 2015 v11.3.
Background: The feature was there under the hood, reachable by scripting, from InDesign CS4 on.
Ah. Another thing:
The red bar at the side of the text frame is showing an override for a paragraph setting.
Like: Left Align overridden by e.g. Fully Justified .
In 2015 it now looks like this. It's a menu command as I said earlier, and it is now a blue highlight instead of red. (Or use the Plus next to Quick Apply.)
For my other screen shot I went back to 2014 to get the red lines. I should have said that.
The proper way to clear it, of course, remains to use styles without overrides. But it can be toggled.
Back to work today, and all of your help has been tremendous. The script is working great and I have passed it along to my co-workers.