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single character in text box crashes InDesign

Community Beginner ,
Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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InDesign 2021, Big Sur 11.4, Font Explorer Pro 7.2.6

I have a text box that contains a single character (the letter "a"). When I try to change the character, delete it, or delete the text box that contains it, InDesign flat out crashes, disappears. I can reopen the document to it's last saved state with no problems and re-save and continue working. It's a 60-page magazine so re-doing it in a new document is not an option. I can live with the text box stayting there forever but it's bugging me.

There used to be a paragraph in there but I narrowed the problem down to this one character.

Any advice?

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Community Expert , Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

Bizarre, lol. Have you tried to resave the document (save as a copy)? Save as an IDML? Exit all the way out of InDesign and Creative Cloud?

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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It's a stand-alone text box that isn't linked to anything, and you can move the box around on the page or off the board, but you can't delete it without crashing ID? And can you select it directly in the layers panel?

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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Yup. Exactly.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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It's just that one character. I deleted the characters preceding it one-by-one, and backspaced the characters after it one-by-one to narrow it down.

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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I can change the font to anything but if I switch it to uppercase, crashola.

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Bizarre, lol. Have you tried to resave the document (save as a copy)? Save as an IDML? Exit all the way out of InDesign and Creative Cloud?

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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Yup. Shut down. Unplugged. etc. no go.

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OH MY GOD. We have a winner!! I tried your idea of saving as an IDML file. It bloody worked. So happy. Thank you so much

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Explorer ,
Jul 05, 2021 Jul 05, 2021

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I'm having a similar problem.

 

A text with footnotes where the footnote numbering have somehow become corrupted. If I delete either any part of the text that contains a footnote number (or a text box with one or a page containing a text box with one, or any part of the text, boxes or pages containing the footnotes themselves) InDesign crashes.

 

I tried updating from InDesign 2021 ver. 16.1 to 16.2.1 and I tried saving it as an IDML file and opening it both in InDesign 2020 and 2021. It crashes every time. I can change the text, make it invisible for instance by making it white, or make it any size I want, move it off the pasteboard and so on and so on. But I cannot delete it. Or I can delete it, but then InDesign crashes and when I open the file again, text is still there.

 

I have no idea what to do. This is concerning 12 pages of a 340-page publication that is due tomorrow.

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Jul 05, 2021 Jul 05, 2021

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Have you tried changing the footnote options in some way? Making them endnotes perhaps? Changing the formatting?

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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What if you create a new page, move everything but the offending text frame to the new page and then delete the bad page?

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Community Beginner ,
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Tried it. Tried adding a linked frame moving the character to the new frame, deleting the old one then deleting teh one with the character in it. Nothing. It's completely crazy 🙂

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New Here ,
May 04, 2022 May 04, 2022

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Couldn't delete a text box on my TOC page without crashing. I saved the document out as a idml and closed Indesign, reopened the file, deleted the text box and saved as a indd file, no further issue.

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New Here ,
May 17, 2023 May 17, 2023

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I have exactly the same problem. 

I was able to isolate the caracter causing the crash but impossible to delete it, to delete the text block or to delete the page where the text block is located.

The solution to export to an idml file doesn't work for me because the process of exportation is blocked at 70%.

Any advice?

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Community Expert ,
May 17, 2023 May 17, 2023

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Can you copy all of the content except the offending frame to a new document?

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New Here ,
May 19, 2023 May 19, 2023

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Yes, this is possible. I was able to copy all the content except the offending frame into a new doc.

But I noticed some differences after the copy (modified styles,...). Unfortunately, the copied content is not the same as the original.

As I don't want to have to check and edit the layout of my whole 72-page document again..., I think I'll copy all the content of the offending frame - except for the character that crashes - into a new frame in the same document. Then I'll isolate the offending frame with the crashing character and make it invisible for printing.

Aware that this is not a very clean solution, I hope that the rest of the document will not have any further problems.

 

What do you think? 

 

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May 19, 2023 May 19, 2023

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If styles are changing it's likely that you've based at least some of them on [Basic Paragraph] and that definition was edited in the old file. This is the main reason most of the experienced users here recommend against ever using or basing anything on [Basic Paragraph].

You should be able to fix any style definition problems by clicking the flyout menu in either the Paragraph Styles or Character Styles panel and choosing Load All Text Styles..., choose the old doc as the source, and check the box to use incoming styles in case of conflict.

You will be far better off working with a new doc than one that has already shown corruption.

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