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Blue Highlights that are not style overrides!? Cannot figure this out.

Community Beginner ,
Feb 10, 2018 Feb 10, 2018

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So I believe I accidentally hit some key or shortcut and now a seemingly random selection of my document is highlighted in light cyan blue.  It is not local style overrides, as I have already tried that.  When I create new text there is no blue, even with a style applied.  Furthermore, if I clear the style on a highlighted selection, it becomes unhighlighted, but if i reapply a style it goes blue again.  Everything is fine in preview mode, but i can't productively work in only preview mode.  Thanks. Not sure what view or text option is running here.  Thanks

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Community Expert , Feb 11, 2018 Feb 11, 2018

Could you have the Custom Tracking/Kerning preference turned on:

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 10, 2018 Feb 10, 2018

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Is it this that is explained in Indesign secrets?

https://indesignsecrets.com/why-is-my-indesign-text-highlighted-in-blue.php

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 10, 2018 Feb 10, 2018

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Unfortunately no.  I have already troubleshot that isuse.

Shared album - Jarred Cornette - Google Photos

This is what I'm looking at.  The color is also more mellow than the override alert which leads me to believe it is definitely something else.

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Feb 10, 2018 Feb 10, 2018

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Could you post the file (or part of it) so we could try to figure it out?

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Community Expert ,
Feb 10, 2018 Feb 10, 2018

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If it’s not the Styles over-ride indicator (which would disappear if you changed to Preview mode), it might be you inadvertently applied some Paragraph Shading:  InDesign Paragraph Shading

If not, try resetting your InDesign preferences.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 11, 2018 Feb 11, 2018

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Could you have the Custom Tracking/Kerning preference turned on:

David Creamer: Community Expert (ACI and ACE 1995-2023)

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New Here ,
Feb 28, 2018 Feb 28, 2018

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Thank you IDEAS-Training! I had this same problem. It was the custom tracking highlight. Maybe Jarred Cornette had the same problem?

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Community Expert ,
Feb 28, 2018 Feb 28, 2018

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lauries66233335  wrote

… Maybe Jarred Cornette had the same problem?

Hi, I'd bet it is the same.

But I don't think it's a "problem" 🙂

If I'm looking at the screen Jarred linked to in answer #2 I see more a shade of green instead of blue ( but maybe that's only me? ).

Here a screen shot from my German InDesign CC 2018 with Custom Tracking/Kerning:

CustomKerningTracking.png

Regards,
Uwe

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New Here ,
Feb 28, 2018 Feb 28, 2018

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Maybe you are right. In my situation I opened an old Indd file and custom tracking was highlighted. I hadn't used it for a few years and forgot about the option. I'm glad I found a quick answer in this forum.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 01, 2018 Mar 01, 2018

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The custom tracking indicator is green, but without actually seeing the file, I was guessing. The only time I see a light cyan is with style overrides. (Although, it is more of a full strength cyan, not really "light".)

I would really need to see the file. The OP hasn't posted for a while, so we don't know if the problem is resolved or not; and if so, what the solution was.

David Creamer: Community Expert (ACI and ACE 1995-2023)

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Jun 21, 2020 Jun 21, 2020

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Thank you Ideas Training. Thats it! It was driving me bonkers too...

Just switch off 'Custom Tracking/Kerning' in Indesign Preferences > Type > Composition

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Jul 07, 2023 Jul 07, 2023

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Thank you! This was a huge help!

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