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Lists are no longer lists in v18

Explorer ,
Dec 26, 2022 Dec 26, 2022

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I have just opened an InDesign document I created in Aug 2022. I am now using InDesign v18.1 x42. It converted the document from Shivani.indd to Shivani.indd[converted], as I see it does when you open documents created in previous versions.

However, all my bulleted lists are no longer bulleted lists, they are just text, with the bullet symbol and a single space at the start of each line. When I select the text the bulleted list icon in “Bullets and Numbering” is no longer highlighted. But more of a problem is that clicking on “options” in “Bullets and Numbering” brings up the options dialogue but everything in the box is greyed out and cannot be selected.

Is this a known issue? A feature? A bug or unintended consequence?

Do I now have to go back through the document and remove all the bullet symbols and recreate the lists?

Thank you.

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LEGEND , Dec 26, 2022 Dec 26, 2022

Tip: do NOT set Bullets and Numbering directly for a paragraph. Work with styles. Then any such problem can be fixed in a few minutes, no matter how large the file.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 26, 2022 Dec 26, 2022

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Tip: do NOT set Bullets and Numbering directly for a paragraph. Work with styles. Then any such problem can be fixed in a few minutes, no matter how large the file.

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Dec 26, 2022 Dec 26, 2022

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You mean paragraph styles?

 

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Ah - I've had a go at doing this and now get what you mean. Great advice - thank you.

 

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Dec 26, 2022 Dec 26, 2022

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Even without styling that shouldn't be happening. Have you tried restoring InDesign preferences in the new version? Often this can help solve problems which arise after updating to a new version.

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Explorer ,
Dec 26, 2022 Dec 26, 2022

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Doh!

I've been unable to reproduce the issue. I opened the document in InDesign v17 and the lists were not shown as lists there so I think I must have not created lists in the original document, I just thought that I had.

 

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