I placed a microsoft word file into a new indesign document for the purposes of laying out a book. Everything seemed to be fine until a large horizontal black box started to appear at the bottom of each new continued flowing text box, obscuring the text in that area. It moves if i adjust the bottom end point of the text box; I thought at first it would just affect one box and was a glitch to do with the word file. so i simply stretched the text box beyond the page edge to hide it from being on the actual spread... however when i continued creating new text boxes on subsequent pages, this black bar now appears in every one!
For context, this is a brand new 2021 macbook pro running the latest version of indesign. very few items are installed on it yet so i dont think this is a clearing space issue as other posts suggest... nor is it to do with a previous bug that caused vertical black bars to appear when variable font was in use; that bug was fixed on a later indesign release and anyway this black bar is horizontal.
any insight as so whats going on?
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You may be importing some Word "junk" by retaining its formatting.
When you place the Word document (File > Place) check the Show Import Options check box.
When you see the Microsoft Word Import Options dialog, in the Formatting section, choose Remove Styles and Formatting from Text and Tables.
However if there are indents, bolded fonts and other time-saving formatting elements that the author of the text had done in word... will those be lost in this case?
also, if i've made some changes already, is there a way for me to check these boxes off for a file thats already been imported? I'd rather not lose the hours of work I already put in 😞
I'm really trying to think of what would cause the addition of a thick rule to the bottom of a text frame. And for the rule to stay attached when you resize that frame.
Just to make sure it's not some kind of document corruption, does this happen if you place the Word file into a new document and then add new pages by continuing the document flow?
I created parent/master pages with continuing text frames. The text is flowing fine, everything is fine, I even made sure to remove and instances of variable font and extra spaces, placed the text all over again... and in specific random places it just decides to cover the text with large black bars, see photos.... I even copy and pasted the covered text to a new box to check it for anomalies, nothing doing.
I appreciate your advice because if I cant figure out why this is happening, I'll have to lose all the formatting, simply copy and paste it, and have to do the work all over again! with footnotes, indents etc...
Theres a fair amount of hebrew text in the doc, I dont know if that could be causing it, though it never has before.... i just highlight those areas, change to hebrew font, and choose world ready paragraph. but even before fixing those the black bars are appearing.