I have a program book that keeps crashing on me in InDesign. I don't want to lose the work in the document - can anyone help? Thank you.
I would start with two things:
I had something similar happen to me two days ago on InDesign v17.2. I thought it was a corrupt file but the .idml conversion didn't help. I was able to open it successfully on another computer which lead me to rebuilding the preferences on the first computer. It's been fine ever since. If neither works, let us know.
Thanks, Barb. How do I save it as an idml when it crashes upon opening?
Use the script to save as IDML without opening
I'm sorry, I didn't see that you said it was crashing immediately on opening. In that case, saving as an .idml clearly is not an option. Try rebuilding the preferences. If that doesn't work, see: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/troubleshoot-file-issues.html
This is also a good time to mention that looking ahead, it's a good practice to routinely use save as to save incremental backups—every hour or every day. You can create the incremental back-ups yourself or you can save to a cloud storage drive that will do it for you.
Thanks - it is saved to the last point I was editing it - I always hit save with these larger documents I work on. I'll try the other option you mentioned. Thank you!