Can you disable the drop shadow that appears around the artboard in Indesign?

Explorer ,
Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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Can you disable the drop shadow that appears around the artboard in Indesign?

Sometimes is appears that there is a black stroke on the blank indesign artboard.

Apparently this bothers some designers? Just wondering is this a preference and is there a way to disable this?

 

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Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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Are you referring to the tiny drop shadow on the right and bottom of the page (highlighted with red arrows)? The answer is NO, there is no way to remove it. It does not print.

 

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Yes, does not bother me but to some of the designers would like to disable?

 

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As Steve said, it is not possible. You can put in a feature request to Adobe here:

https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests

 

~ Jane

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Rob's suggestions are the best. Some beginning designers may not know that there are other view modes. (As a teacher of beginning InDesign students since version 1,  I've never had a student make that request.)

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Set the View>Screen Mode to something other than Normal.

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Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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While changing the view mode disables the drop shadow, it also hides the paseboard, which I bet will bother the designers even more.

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Normal Screen Mode has the drop shadow:

 

Screen Shot 14.png

 

Bleed Screen Mode shows a page trim line and the bleed :

 

Screen Shot 15.png

 

Preview Mode has no drop shadow and hides the bleed

 

Screen Shot 16.png

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Also, the drop shadow serves a purpose—it makes clear which guide is the page trim.

 

So here there are margin, trim, bleed, and slug guides relatively close to each other—the trim is the most important of the 4 guides—the others are relative to it—and the drop shadow makes it easier to discern:

 

Screen Shot 17.png

 

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