PB means pasteboard, so that's probably where they are. If you are in preview mode objects on the pasteboard would be hidden.
Try this. Go to your problem spread and Select All. Look in the Control Panel and make a note of the dimensions of what is selected. If this is larger than the dimensions of your spread, then Copy the items.
Make a new blank document equal to or larger than the dimensions you noted. Do a Paste into the new document.
You may get a crash. You may or may not get the items on the Pasteboard. But it's worth a try.
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First thing to try:
1. Open the document and do not change anything.
2. Under the "File" menu, go to "Export", choose a location to save, and at the bottom of the dialogue box that appears, from the pull-down menu choose "InDesign Markup (IDML)" and click "Save". Close the document and don't save changes.
3. Open the IDML file you just saved, and immediately do a "Save As..." from the file menu; choose InDesign document, give the file a new name, save and close the file.
4. Open this new InDesign document and see if your links are available.
Exporting IDML takes care of some corruptions, and many files have been resurrected by using this method. Don't forget to make a backup of this new file if the problem is fixed.
Hope this helps,
Mikey, you are so the man! You totally saved my document and I cannot thank you enough!!! I've been doing this long enough to know there was a way to access those invisible files, but you had the key! This is my first major project using CS5 but I've been designing since Quark 1.0... that was way back in the 90's - I may be old, but I know when it's time to ask someone for help and you totally came through for me! Thank you so much, you totally saved me from having to redo this final spread that I spent days perfecting and squeezing in as many photos of little pre-schoolers as I could. I LOVE YOU Mikey!!!
They were not hidden in the PB, I looked
I tried the reply below first and it worked like a charm. Not sure if your method would have also worked but thank you so much for the input
Mikey you deserve a medallion. Sadly I can only give you a like. haha
I was really frustrated to see blank page instead of my layout. Thanks a lot
Seriously! I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I am working on an autobiography and I had several links disappearing. Thank GOD this worked!!!!
You da man!
Mikey!! Thank you so much!!
kung pwede lang kitang bigyan ng isang malaking super hug!! isa kang blessing in disguise!
God bless you more :*
Amazing advice, thanks for the solution!
great advice - worked for me and saved me hours of work