I have a document (book) which I am working on. When I first started it, everything was working properly. However, now when I try to add a simple straight line using the line tool (to create divisions between blocks of text etc) or add a shape (rectangle) it simply WILL NOT appear on the page! Obviously, it's not the Object>Arrange>Bring Forward etc - that's the first thing I have tried. I have tried changing the colour and weight and it makes no difference. It seems that I have "done something weird" (according to my daughter!) I am not an expert by any means, but have a little bit of experience. When I open a new document and try adding a line or shape, it works fine. So it seems it's something with this document. Does anyone have any idea what I might have inadvertantly done?
Hi @ELOISE2533104564bx ,
Thanks for reaching out. I found a similar discussion which you can refer to here https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/shapes-not-showing-up-in-indesign-2018/td-p/9746...
Let us know if this helps or if you need any further assistance.
Do you work with different layers?
When I open a new document and try adding a line or shape, it works fine. So it seems it's something with this document. Does anyone have any idea what I might have inadvertantly done?
InDesign has something called document defaults. When you have a document open and you change the formatting with nothing selected, it changes the defaults for that document. That's why it's working fine in the other document. To "fix" it in the current document, you need to format the shape with nothing selected.
All objects will show in your Layers panel. Can you do this:
You might see a few other rectangles and lines when you open your Layers panel. All the invisible ones still exist. They can be selected and deleted.