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Can't import a docx file in Indesign Cannot place this file. No filter found for requested operation

New Here ,
May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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I do it everytime but this time, I can't.

When i import a word .docx file, I have a error message :

"Cannot place this file. No filter found for requested operation."

I tried with a rtf file or doc file, I cut and paste on an new docx file... and it is the same...

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New Here , May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

Ok, found it (after I uninstall everything :D)

I got a "é" in my access path. Indesign is not calibrated for French people 😄

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New Here ,
May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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Ok, found it (after I uninstall everything :D)

I got a "é" in my access path. Indesign is not calibrated for French people 😄

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May 30, 2022 May 30, 2022

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Hi Elle,

nevertheless, importing that file should work.

Could you share a copy of the docx file; it could contain only a single word?

Was the "é" in the folder name where the docx file was positioned?

 

What's the exact version of your InDesign?
What operating system version?

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
( Adobe Community Professional )

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Nov 08, 2023 Nov 08, 2023

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"Cannot place this file. No filter found for requested operation." I'm having the same problem with a Word doc, any Word doc, and even a TXT file. No weird characters in the filename or path. Also tried to place without checking the "Show import options" and got the same error.

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Nov 08, 2023 Nov 08, 2023

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What version of InDesign, and on what platform/OS? Are the files on anything but a local drive — network, cloud, etc.?


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Nov 08, 2023 Nov 08, 2023

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The files are on a network drive that I use all day long. I can open the Word docs without any problems.

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Nov 08, 2023 Nov 08, 2023

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Adding to the situation above, I closed the (untitled) document after I got the error repeatedly, with different Word and text files. A second after I closed it, a message appeared, "Placing  MS Office Word document." It hangs on that message, but offers a Cancel button. Clicked the Cancel button, and it's still hanging several minutes later. I had to force quit the app.

I'm using InDesign 17.42 on Windows 10 Enterprise.

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Nov 08, 2023 Nov 08, 2023

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I re-opened the template, and tried "Place" again. It's working now, but the question is, "Why did this happen?" I see that other users have had the same problem placing artwork as well. It's rather concerning, as I'm creating a template for someone else, who is a less experienced InDesign user.

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Nov 08, 2023 Nov 08, 2023

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Hi, @EsJayKayToo ,

 "Why did this happen?"

because you are working on a network drive/share.

InD expects every used resource to be stored locally and therefore having immediate access.

But your InD must wait until the copying of your word file to your computer is completed, but InD does not wait. So you get that message.

 

Try to copy the word file to your computer beforehand and then try to place it in your InD file.

Does it work?

Regards

Stephan

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Nov 08, 2023 Nov 08, 2023

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A network drive should not present any problem at all. If, however, these files are on cloud based server and only downloaded on demand it would be an issue.

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Nov 08, 2023 Nov 08, 2023

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I've run CC and its predecessors on a LAN, with file and print servers, for many years without a single problem I can think of.

 

Cloud file systems are very different, and some newer network models based on cloud-like tech might impose issues. But not "networks" as a whole — not well-engineered ones, at least.


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Nov 08, 2023 Nov 08, 2023

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Right. The idea that networks can't be used goes back to the 1990s and it was BS then, too.

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Nov 08, 2023 Nov 08, 2023

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The only fix I can think of is to delete your InDesign preferences, which often clears buggy settings that can cause strange behavior like this.

 

Here's one guide to that, but it's been updated to v19/2024 and might not match your older version. If not, it's easy to find "reset InDesign prefs/preferences" by search.

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/reset-indesign-preferences-and-other-troubleshoo...


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