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Missing links for text box

Participant ,
Mar 06, 2018 Mar 06, 2018

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Hello there,

I've got a simple 4-page pamphlet with some text boxes and a few imported Ai designs.

Illustrator is telling me that I have 6 missing links. All of them are text boxes.

I don't understand, it is saying missing a font or something ? All my text is visible in my document and PDF export.

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Mar 06, 2018 Mar 06, 2018

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Those look like placed Word files and for some reason you've linked them when placing. Go to your preferences and turn that option off and then you can right click the missing links and embed them.

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Participant ,
Mar 06, 2018 Mar 06, 2018

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Hey Bob,

I think I know what happened. I copied and passed text from a word document.

Where is the option to turn that off in preferences ?

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Mar 06, 2018 Mar 06, 2018

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Copy/paste would not cause that, only placing would cause that.

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Mar 06, 2018 Mar 06, 2018

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Yes, that make sense.

But I just didn't drag and drop or placed Word files in my Indesing doc.

How could I fix that ?

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New Here ,
Oct 03, 2019 Oct 03, 2019

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I had this same problem, don't know why. I simply right clicked and "unlinked" the missing text from the links panel and now everything is working fine.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 18, 2023 Apr 18, 2023

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This fixed it. I think somehow they were story links. Thanks!

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Community Expert ,
Mar 06, 2018 Mar 06, 2018

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Alexnapo23  wrote

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Illustrator is telling me that I have 6 missing links. All of them are text boxes.

Hi Alex,

ah! Missing text file links from placed Illustrator files.

So you have to go to Illustrator to solve that problem, if it's any problem at all.

What's a bit weird is the last missing link that is listed. The one with no name where PB is indicating that the text is on the pasteboard. Maybe Illustrator can inform you what's up with that?

If you need help with Illustrator questions ask here:

Illustrator

Regards,
Uwe

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Participant ,
Mar 06, 2018 Mar 06, 2018

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Hey,

Thanks for the tip. But as you can see from the links panel screenshot, the illustrator files are the ones that are correctly linked.

It's the text boxes that are an issue.

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Mar 06, 2018 Mar 06, 2018

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That was a typo, Uwe. The links are missing in InDesign.

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New Here ,
Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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I have the same problem in Indesign, these are bits of text that I had copied from another Indesign documents. They still read as text with the same font attributes and everything, but shows up as a missing link in my links window.

Whats worse is that if I update modified links when I open the documant it insted of resolving the issue it completely changes the text atributes and i have to go back and reformat each pice of text.

I first noticed this with the 2019 version of CC, but it still continues with the 16.0.2 version of Indesign in 2021.

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