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Latest Indesign links issue - "search for missing links in this folder" button greyed out

Community Beginner ,
Feb 03, 2022 Feb 03, 2022

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As mentioned above. When I go to relink in any of my indesign files - using any folders - the Search for Missing Links in This folder option is greyed out. Have tried other servers, files and folders - same issue. Have tried deleting preferences and going back to default settings - same issue. Have tried uninstalling and reinstalling indesign - same issue.

 

Any ideas why its greyed out now?

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Explorer , Jul 21, 2022 Jul 21, 2022

This has been solved. When opening a packaged .indd file and seeing "Issues with Links" alert with yellow triangle:

1. Click "update modified links"

2a. You *may* be able to simply go to the links options (three lines/hamburger icon) and select "Update all Links"

OR

2b. You might need to first select one of the links, then select "Relink to Folder" then choose the Links folder that is in the packaged folder to designate where Id should find the links. THEN select from the Links options menu "Update

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Community Expert ,
Feb 07, 2022 Feb 07, 2022

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Try resetting the InDesign preferences and see if it helps

https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-indesign-rebuilding-preferences-cache/

-Manan

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Explorer ,
Jul 15, 2022 Jul 15, 2022

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My team is also experiencing this same problem, the "Search for Missing Links in this Folder" option is greyed out when we try to update links and the solution below is not working.

 

We package our InDesign files so all links are collected into a Links folder within a folder that results from the packaging process. Once another person downloads the packaged folder from our shared drive all the links "break." The only solution is to relink every image file individually and this takes FOREVER. I tried restarting InDesign and immediately pressing Shift+Option+Command+Control, then clicked YES to "delete the preference files," but this has not helped. When I'm in the Links folder within my document and I hover over the 'Relink' icon, I see a tip that says "opt+click to relink all files." This does nothing, not even the image I've currently selected is relinked.

 

I am working on a MacBook Pro, OS 12.2.1, using InDesign 17.3.; my colleagues are also using our InDesign team license but working on Windows operating systems.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 15, 2022 Jul 15, 2022

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Do they use the unaltered (name of folders) inside the package? As soon as the indd file is dragged out of the package folder all links break of course. (I've seen people dragging the .indd file to the desktop for instance)

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Explorer ,
Jul 15, 2022 Jul 15, 2022

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None of the file names or folder names are altered. We download the entire packaged folder, the indd file is not dragged out of the folder at any time.

 

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Explorer ,
Jul 15, 2022 Jul 15, 2022

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Also, the link posted by Manan Joshi above also recommends renaming the Caches and Preferences files with Libraries but this also had no effect. 

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Explorer ,
Jul 21, 2022 Jul 21, 2022

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This has been solved. When opening a packaged .indd file and seeing "Issues with Links" alert with yellow triangle:

1. Click "update modified links"

2a. You *may* be able to simply go to the links options (three lines/hamburger icon) and select "Update all Links"

OR

2b. You might need to first select one of the links, then select "Relink to Folder" then choose the Links folder that is in the packaged folder to designate where Id should find the links. THEN select from the Links options menu "Update all Links."

All links should then update at once from that folder.

The opt+click-on-link icon at bottom of the Links list doesn't appear to be working any longer for relinking all the links.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 22, 2022 Jul 22, 2022

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Glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing the solution. I am sure it will help other community members.  Feel free to reach out if you need any further assistance. 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 04, 2022 Nov 04, 2022

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I tried als these options, still it does not seem to work. I't may be bacause it's not a packaged folder.
All images are in a database on dropbox, any other ways to do this?

 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 09, 2022 Dec 09, 2022

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Did you ever get this resolved? I am having this issue now. Thanks

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 09, 2022 Dec 09, 2022

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the selected correct answer above solved the issue for me, I hope it does for you as well

 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 09, 2022 Dec 09, 2022

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No. I know how to update modified links. The issue is that the box to check "Search for Missing Links in this Folder" is grayed out, and when I select a link from the links palette, go to the burger menu and choose Relink to Folder, it ONLY updates that one link, and does not search for and update other links. That is what the issue is. Why is that option grayed out? See attached screenshot.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 09, 2022 Dec 09, 2022

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And, Thank you for replying to me!

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 09, 2022 Dec 09, 2022

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Yeah - thats a hit and miss situaiton for me. I have noticed it greys out on JPG and PNG files, and I have to relink them individually, but only on those types. Plus, I have not updated to the latest version as of yet, and am hoping it is resolved in the newest version.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 09, 2022 Dec 09, 2022

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oh wow, not good! - the document I am working in has a mix of every file type - psd, jpg, ai, pdfs! Not quite sure what is going on. I opened another document that also has a mix, and that function is NOT grayed out, and works fine. So, maybe it is dependent on the document...ugh..i'll have to investigate further. Oh, and I am using the latest version of INDD. Thanks again.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 09, 2022 Dec 09, 2022

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FYI - I re-named the "Links" folder (I am working with packaged INDD docs provided by an outside agency) to "Images"and that worked - the "Search for Missing Links...." button was NOT grayed out!! I had to re-link one or two different images first, but then it starting re-linking all images automatically!

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