Does it crash when you open the panel for Data Merge or when you attempt to connect to a CSV file?
It crashes when I try to open the panel.
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Try resetting your ID prefs.
Hold shiftcmd/ctrlalt/opt before the startup screen appears on launch
I have already tried resetting prefs. I think I may be down to a bad PDF. Although we use these PDFs every year to mail post cards. I setup a new document and Data Merge opened. I am going to pull the files to my local drive and try there. Thanks.
Still no idea what is causing this?
I've just updated to InDesign CC 2018 and started having the same issue. After creating a complete document using the mail merge pallet with no issues; now whenever I select Data Merge, InDesign crashes.
I'm running macOS Sierra version 10.12.6 on a 27" Late 2012 iMac with 16 GB Ram
I've deactivated 3rd party everything, restarted, rebooted, reset preferences, tried copying files to a new InDesign file... but everything I have done results in a crash as soon as I select Data Merge. I've opened up files unrelated to merging, select Data Merge and the error repeats.
Any suggestions? I have a client that does a 50,000 record merge every two weeks so I'm getting a little nervous that no one has even touched this thread in 8 months. HELP?
I am asumming that the crash is not file specific and happens everytime whenever you open the Data merge panel
Please try to manually delete both the cache and preferences by going to the folder locations.(and not using shortcuts. Also delete them from teash)
Thanks for the quick response, Aman,
You are correct, it doesn't matter what file is open, the results are the same. I've trashed the cache and preferences (being careful to also empty the bin) but it results in the same issue. I can open any of the other menus, but Data Merge results in a crash just by clicking on it... regardless of the file I have open.
Interesting note... it doesn't seem to happen when I create a new, blank file. I have tried rebuilding the file in that blank document, but the crashing returns.
I am having this same issue....If I open data merge with a document that I haven't used it on yet it opens just fine. but as soon as I try to edit a document that currently uses data merge it crashes. My computer and my indesign are update with software. I am on a MAC
Have you noticed (with the new install of Adobe CC) that the preferences are resetting themselves upon crashing? I had to re-add my printer preferences, pallet preferences and everything, three times yesterday... and data merge is STILL broken :/ Adobe?
There used to be a known bug that if you have "generate overset text report" checked in your merging preferences then it'd crash - solution was simply to turn this off. Maybe this has reemerged? Have you tried that?
Done! And thank you. I've also created a small video showing two consecutive crashes. I'm including it here just in case anyone else is having the same issue.
It always seems to crash just as I'm clicking Data Merge, so I never get a chance to check the merge preferences, and I can't see where you can set them without having merged data in a file.
Can you advise what happens if you open the Data Merge palette another way (i.e. go to the Window menu, utilities, data merge)? Does it still crash?
What happens if you change to the workspace to "essentials" and then open the data merge palette via the window menu? Does it still crash?
What if you use a data-merge related script (e.g. a script that calls upon data merge) such as data merge to single records? If you don't have one, Ozalto has one on their website called Folder2CSV - Downloads | Ozalto
Otherwise I have a few in the public domain on my website that you can use for a test, such as data merge to unique names - https://colecandoo.com/downloads/
These scripts open the data merge palette without on the panel, so it would be interesting to see if they can produce the same fault.
If the answer to all of the above is "it still crashes" then at least we have attempted some workarounds.
Thanks for your suggestions, Colin! When I get a free moment I'll go through them one by one and let you know.
I've also bookmarked your site -- some really great resources there! I can't wait to get up and running again so I can try a few of the others not related to my data merge woes.
An aside... what's so annoying about this particular crash is that each time I test it, I lose all my preferences and presets right after the crash. Every. Single. Time. Would be nice if Adobe had thought to put them all in the same place to make replacing them easier . Reloading a ton of presets just to get operational again is a real time suck!
If your preference and cache were created without InDesign crashing (and Indesign closing normally) then your preference and cache will be saved.
Set your preference
Try to replicate the process that crashes Indesign and you will see the preference will be saved
I'm afraid I don't get that result, Aman.
I thought I had closed after resetting my preferences and presets, but to make sure, I did as you suggested and completely closed out of InDesign after setting everything this time. To make doubly sure, I restarted my iMac as well.
Interestingly enough, InDesign did keep my selected Workspace (where it never has before) and kept my preference for inches over picas... weird... but other than that, it still resets everything else I had customized.
Preferences/Interface -> back to factory default - This is usually the first indication
Preferences/General/Advanced Type & Display Performance -> back to factory default
Window Application Frame -> back to factory default
Print Presets -> had to reload them
Swatches -> had to reload them
I'm guessing there are others that I may have forgotten... but those are the big ones.
Something of note... I was able to test trying to do the Data Merge from the menu rather than the side pallet. Still results in a crash.
Has anyone been able to fix this? We just switched to CC (from CS6) and having the same issue. I've trashed my preferences and moved the files to my desktop and it's still crashing every time we load the data merge panel. Moving the files locally did seem to work yesterday, but not anymore. Considering that generating reports with data merge is the primary reason we use InDesign, it's very disappointing that there's no apparent fix...
Side note, is there a way to contact customer support directly rather than via a forum? I've tried multiple times, as I saw that we're supposed to have access to a chat feature, but I'm only presented with the forum option.