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Indesign copy paste the text box, it become an image

Community Beginner ,
Feb 01, 2019 Feb 01, 2019

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it works when copy paste a text box within the same page, but when i paste the text box to other pages, it becomes an image inside a image box.

anyone know why?

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Community Expert , Feb 03, 2019 Feb 03, 2019

Hi Vika,

a workaround would be perhaps using InDesign's duplicate capabilities:

Open the spread where you want the copy in a second layout window.

Drag the selected text frame to the other window.

That should do a duplicate where the clipboard is not involved.

Or if you want to do that in one layout window, zoom out that you can see the spread you want the copy.

Select and hold the Alt key to duplicate the text frame.

And finally you could duplicate selected text by holding the Alt key.

But for this you

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Feb 01, 2019 Feb 01, 2019

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Version of Indesign? Operating system? Not happening for me (Mac os 10.14.x, InDesign CC 2019.

(1) Copy text frame "Headline Here"

Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 3.14.20 PM.png

(2) Pasted on same page:

Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 3.14.38 PM.png

(3) Same text frame pasted on page two—still text:

Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 3.14.51 PM.png

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Feb 01, 2019 Feb 01, 2019

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Thank you Steve.

I'm using Adobe CC Indesign 2017, windows 10

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Feb 01, 2019 Feb 01, 2019

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That's a head-scratcher. I don't remember ever seeing type turning into an image in InDesign. Conversion to Outlines (vectors), yes, but not an image.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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Hi Vika,

can you show the uncopied frame in your Layers panel?

How does this look from there?

Regards,
Uwe

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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The wavy line invisible seems to indicate that your text is Conditional. What happens if you remove the condition and then copy and paste?

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Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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This is happening to me now between the update of CC 2022 to CC 2023.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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Hi Vika:

If you have a text frame selected and choose Paste Into (Ctrl Alt V) that will happen:

Screen Shot 2019-02-02 at 10.47.46 AM.png

And are you using a clipboard app on this computer?

~Barb

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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If you have a text frame selected and choose Paste Into (Ctrl Alt V) that will happen:

Hi Barb, but in that case the text is still editable and not an image—Vika seems to be getting pixels.

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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Yes, Vika's screen capture looks different. The text he says he pasted looks definitely pixelated. And that wouldn't happen with Paste Into even though you see Content Grabber "donut hole".

I love good mystery!

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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Hi Steve,

So i double click into the copied text, turns out the original text become an image inside an image frame, and this image frame is inside a text frame. The text become not editable.

Below screen capture, the green frame is the text frame and the purple one is image.

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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You are right, the text is still editable, Rob. And good catch on the condition tag, but I still can't replicate the issue. This is quite the mystery, Steve!

Vika: are you using a 3rd party clipboard app?

If not, I'm thinking it's time to clear cache/preferences.

~Barb

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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Hi Barb,

I didnt use third part clipboard app, most setting are default.

I tried to CTL+ALT+Shift to clear cached but the delete dialogs box didnt come up.

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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If somehow the type was converted to PDF, it would still stay vector, not raster. For example, if you copy type or more complex paths from Illustrator (paths with more than about 500 points), it will be turned into PDF. It shows as <unknown> on the Layers panel. But it's still always smooth, not jaggy with a low-res preview.

Vika, you showed a screen capture of the text you copied to the Clipboard. Can you show a screen capture of  the pasted object in the Layers panel? It would give a little more information.

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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Hi Steve,

It looks like this...

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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Back in your original posting, you said that when on the same page, it pastes as text. But when pasted on another page it's an image. Is that still true if you create a new file and do the same thing there? Or is it specific to your file?

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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This problem occurred many times (same InDesign version and same operating system), I found that it's ok at the beginning when pages were not that many, but when page number increase to a certain amount (not sure how many), this problem occurred.

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Feb 02, 2019 Feb 02, 2019

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When you've used a document for a long time, and the problem starts happening, have you ever saved the file as IDML and reopening to see if there is corruption in the file?

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 04, 2019 Feb 04, 2019

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Yes it works! Thank you Steve!!

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Feb 04, 2019 Feb 04, 2019

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So it appears that some corruption got created in the document. You can always use that method to clear it out. Don't know why it's happening, it's hard to say.

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Feb 04, 2019 Feb 04, 2019

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I wanted to mark you helpful too Steve..but it seems only allow me choose one..

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Feb 03, 2019 Feb 03, 2019

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Hi Vika,

a workaround would be perhaps using InDesign's duplicate capabilities:

Open the spread where you want the copy in a second layout window.

Drag the selected text frame to the other window.

That should do a duplicate where the clipboard is not involved.

Or if you want to do that in one layout window, zoom out that you can see the spread you want the copy.

Select and hold the Alt key to duplicate the text frame.

And finally you could duplicate selected text by holding the Alt key.

But for this you have to change the default preferences of InDesign and you need a text frame on the recieving end.

Preferences > Type > Drag and Drop Text Editing

[ x ] Enable in Layout View

Drag the selected text by holding the Alt key to the first insertion point of the new text frame.

Regards,
Uwe

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Feb 04, 2019 Feb 04, 2019

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Thank you Uwe! It works. Your explanation is very clear and useful!

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Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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I don't want to duplicate ... I want to copy text from a layout created in InDesign 2022 and paste into a new layout in InDesign 2023. When I do that, I'm getting an image like the person who initially posted this. I selected the "Enable in Layout View" but that did not fix the problem.

 

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