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InDesign Text cursor placement bug (latest version)

Explorer ,
Feb 12, 2023 Feb 12, 2023

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In the last two updates to InDesign CC, I've had the issue of the text cursor not landing where I click to select text. In other words, I click to the right of a letter to select the letter to the left of the cursor, but the cursor actually "lands" to the left of the letter that I clicked to the right of. For example, if I click to the right of the letter K below and try to select it, the cursor actually lands between the S and K, and I of course end up selecting the S instead of the K:

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This ONLY happens in InDesign, and I KNOW this is a bug because I've seen a ton of forum topics around the creative blogosphere talking about it.

 

I'm just wondering if anyone here has figured out the problem, and a solution.

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Explorer , Feb 13, 2023 Feb 13, 2023

Are you using World-Ready composer for your paragraphs? I think it assumes you're working from right to left so always selects the character to the left instead of the right. Switching to normal paragraph composer will fix it.

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Feb 12, 2023 Feb 12, 2023

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To get useful feedback, it would be a good idea to tell us more about your system: Please tell us what kind of computer and what operating system (exactly) you're running. Please tell us (exactly) what InDesign version you're using.

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Feb 13, 2023 Feb 13, 2023

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macOS Ventura (13.2) and InDesign CC 18.1 - but the problem dates back to the previous version of macOS and the previous version of InDesign.

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Feb 13, 2023 Feb 13, 2023

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Interesting, my MacBook Pro 2021 with an M1 Pro chip has the same software specs and I've never experienced this in InDesign. I teach InDesign classes and use InDesign more than any other application. That's why I doubt it's an InDesign problem.

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Are you using World-Ready composer for your paragraphs? I think it assumes you're working from right to left so always selects the character to the left instead of the right. Switching to normal paragraph composer will fix it.

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I tested switching some English-language paragraphs from the Adobe Paragraph Composer to the Adobe World-Ready Paragraph Composer, and that doesn't seem to the be case.

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Feb 13, 2023 Feb 13, 2023

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It's a subtle difference. If you put your cursor over a character at certain magnifications and click it will select between characters to the left rather than the right. It's really annoying when you're doing lots of corrections but it's probably deliberate.

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Feb 20, 2023 Feb 20, 2023

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Thanks for suggesting I check that. It was indeed the problem, though I can't for the life of me figure out how it got switched, as I never ever have the need to do so.

 

Is that an application or document-specific preference?

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It's at the paragraph level in a document. Perhaps you've got all styles based on one with World-Ready Composer? I only use it when really necessary (paragraphs containing RTL text). Glad you've got the solution!

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