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Cannot thread to text frame on another page anymore

Community Beginner ,
Mar 14, 2024 Mar 14, 2024

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InDesign version used: 19.2 on MacOS

Since several months (might even be close to a year) I cannot thread text to an existing textframe on another page anymore.

When I click the out port of a textframe and go to a different page (not in the same spread), existing text frames are not detected by the tool (anymore).
The cursor does not change when it's over the new textframe and on clicking it, it creates a new text frame instead of linking it.

 

What does work:

  • thread to an existing text frame on the same page, or page on the same spread
  • thread to a different page, creating a new text frame


Did something change in an update, or is this a bug?

 

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Adobe Employee , Mar 29, 2024 Mar 29, 2024

Hi @A for Design,

Hope you're doing well!

 

We would like to follow up on the issue. Are you able to resolve the issue by following our expert advice? You may also update InDesign to the 19.3 version and let us know if the problem persists.

 

We will try our best to help you.

 

Thanks,

Harshika

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Community Expert ,
Mar 14, 2024 Mar 14, 2024

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If a document is not behaving well then try 

File>Export 

Choose IDML

Open the IDML in InDesign
Save the file as a new InDesign file with a new name
See if the issue persists.

 

==

Try resetting your preferences:

Windows: Start InDesign, and then press Shift+Ctrl+Alt. Click Yes when asked if you want to delete preference files.
macOS: While pressing Shift+Option+Command+Control, start InDesign. Click Yes when asked if you want to delete preference files.
A dialog will appear asking to delete the InDesign Preferences, select 'Yes' on this dialog.
Further info and instructions here if needed:
https://helpx.adobe.com/in/indesign/kb/indesign-preferences-support-file-locations.html

 

===

Reinstalling rarely fixes everything - you can do a complete reinstall using the
Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/cc-cleaner-tool-installation-problems.html

 

 

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Hi @A for Design,

Hope you're doing well!

 

We would like to follow up on the issue. Are you able to resolve the issue by following our expert advice? You may also update InDesign to the 19.3 version and let us know if the problem persists.

 

We will try our best to help you.

 

Thanks,

Harshika

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Thanks for the follow up.

In version 19.3 threading text frames does indeed work like it did in the past.
So I'm glad it is fixed.

Saving to another document, converting to idml etc didn't work. I haven't tried to trash the preference file. But it looks like it's fixed now, so case closed.

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Are you trying to thread anchored frames, by any chance? You can't do that. Anchored elements are inherently single items restricted to a single page.


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