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I am using InDesign 2015 release.
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A screenshot may help clarify this but let's start at the beginning:
- Navigate to the A-Master (assuming that is where the footer is located)
- Choose Object > Unlock All of Spread
- Click on the footer text with the Type tool—can you edit it?
Since you have been doing this successfully for 17 months, could you be on the wrong master page? Or not fully on the one that you think you are on? That's my best guess. I prefer to use the Window > Pages panel to navigate to the master pages—but you have to double click on name A-Master to get there. A single click leaves you in Never-Never land.
If you look at the screen shot below, note that both the name A-Master and the thumbnails are selected.
I did what you said and nothing is locked so I cannot chose that option.
I have made sure I am on the correct layer also.
When you look at the footer, does it have dotted or solid lines?
When you open the Layers panel and spin open the layer, do you see the footer? If yes, can you click the selection square on the far right?
The lines do no show even though I have “show frame edges” active.
Cmd+click allows you to select a frame that is under another frame—so that pinpoints the issue. Cmd+click to select it again then Object > Arrange > Bring to Front. Deselect, and see if you can edit the footer directly.
If that takes care of the problem, the next focal point should be on what was overlapping the footer. The next step I would take is the go back to the A-Master and select Edit > Select All with the Selection tool (black arrow) active. This will select all the frames on the page, and you will be able to see where the problem frame is, and take it from there.
Please come back and let us know if you need additional clarification. Sharing the same same screen shot with all the frames selected and the Footers layer opened in the Layers panel (click the white arrow in front of the name Footers) would be helpful.
In addition to what Barb said, check your Layers. Bring to Front will bring the Footer to the front of the layer it is on and may or may not solve the problem, as layers take precedence.
If it doesn't, then either:
1. resize the large object so it doesn't overlap the footer
2. reorder the layers so the footer layer is higher
Make sure the footers are on the footer layer.
Select All and examine the colors of the frame edges. Turn off Guides if you need to while doing this, as they can hide the frame edges.