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Try deleting your InDesign preferences.
To do so:
For Macintosh Users: With InDesign closed launch a Finder Window in column view and click on your home folder. With the Option Key pressed choose Library from the Finder Go Menu. Within the Library folder find the following two files and delete them: “Adobe InDesign” and “com.adobe.InDesign.plist”. When InDesign is next launched it will create new preference files and the program will be restored to its defaults.
After you’ve reset up the program (make sure that no document window is open) to your liking, it is a really good idea to create copies of your personalized “mint” preference files (make sure that you quit the program before copying them—that finalizes your customization) and use them in the future to replace any corrupt versions you may need to delete.
For Windows Users: Hold down Ctrl + Alt + Shift when launching InDesign and respond affirmatively when asked if you want to reset.
Thank you I will try this.
So I did what you recommended. I'm not sure it totally fixed my issues. While the issue I mentioned is not happening anymore, now I have a new one. I have been working on layouts that have a required set of colors and so one of the first things I do is load the color palette when I work on a new document. Up until today, the palette loaded in a certain (preferred) order with the most used colors first. Now suddenly today the palette loads in the complete opposite order with the most used color at the bottom of the list. Very frustrating when I go to look for the color and it's at the bottom. Any clue why that might now be happening?
Nevermind, it was user error. GAH! I was loading by clicking on the templated document rather than loading the swatch file (.ase). I'm not sure why I spaced on that. Glad the swatches are normal now! HA!