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InDesign won't let me drag in or add photos

New Here ,
Apr 22, 2018 Apr 22, 2018

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InDesign decided to stop letting me add photos or drag any in?

Anyone else have this problem, or how do I fix it?

Attached snip of what it says when I try placing an image, but i have full permission and it isn't in use.

When I drag one in, nothing happens.

Strange thing is that it let me put in a .png logo, but not a .jpeg image...?

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Apr 22, 2018 Apr 22, 2018

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What version of InDesign and what operating system are you using?

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Dec 22, 2023 Dec 22, 2023

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It has nothing to do with the InDesign version but all with the user/admin ("UAC") privileges Windows forces us to use these days. If one app runs with admin privileges and the other with (default) user privileges, drag and drop does not work (anymore). There used to be a workarround by starting apps with admin privileges but this does not work anymore in recent versions of the Windows OS. Using "place..." from within InDesign is the only thing left we can do to accomplish the job, unfortunately 😞

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Apr 22, 2018 Apr 22, 2018

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Are you using File > Place to bring in your photo.

Never drag in photos.

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Apr 22, 2018 Apr 22, 2018

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I used file > place and got the above error message.

Does dragging in photos not do any good?

Using Windows

InDesign CC 2018 - 13.1 x64

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Apr 22, 2018 Apr 22, 2018

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You should be able to drag photos from Windows Explorer or Adobe Bridge. You shouldn't drag from Photoshop or another application.

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Apr 22, 2018 Apr 22, 2018

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As Steve is saying, dragging from Bridge IS fine because it's still a linked image. What you're trying to avoid is embedding an image.

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Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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FWIW: Dragging an image file from an explorer window ( WIndows ) or Finder window ( Mac ) to an InDesign layout would also link and place if InDesign's preferences are set for linking when placing. That this is not working points to a bug. Maybe an issue with a Server volume? InDesign obviously needs special permissions… I'd try this after creating a new user on the machine.

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Uwe

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