I too am having problems with the 'Smart Guides' option being grayed out in the 'View' - 'Grids and Guides' column. I've replaced the preferences, checked all the appropriate boxes, yet nothing I do works. Additionally, the 'Smart Guides' did work for some time. However, for reason(s) I'm unaware of, they just stopped showing up. I'm stumped. Any suggestions?
I've branched your question out of the Replace Your Prefs thread into one of its own and changed the title so more people will see it. I'm not able to make the menu item go gray here, and I'm going to presume that you followed the instructions in the other thread for trashing the prefs, so I'm not going to suggest you do that again, at least not yet.
It would help if we know your OS and version of ID (including the update patch applied).
I'm having exactly the same problem. I run Win 7 64 Bit and InDesign 8.0.1
Very helpful thank you!
Thank you so much! Very helpful!
Super. Thank you so much!!!
Jongware, I think I love you.
Wonderful! Thank you!
Thank you !! that worked
Thank you!!! This was driving me NUTS!! I cracked my MacBook's screen and am using a replacement till my machine is returned and even though timemachine was pretty seamless with transferring most of my settings not all of them came through. This was one HUGE irritation for me as I rely heavily on the smart guides.
^ the answer in that link is to turn off "snap to document grid"
Thanks Jongware, you saved my day! I had by mistake checked the "Snap to Document Grid" feature under View > Grids & Guides. This made the Smart Guides option inaccessible. I don't really see why it necessarily should, though.
The problem of "Snap to Smart Objects" is greyed out has been resolved with the above solution. Thanks.
Tip: Unselect "snap to document grid" as this featured will grey out and prevent the use of "Snap to Smart Objects"
Thanks for this thread - it was a one click fix to a VERY annoying problem. I really rely on those smart guides to get things perfectly aligned. Thanks!!
This had been bugging me for DAYS -- just reading your post about the snap to grid saved me!
Thanks, this worked for me.
Thank you!! Easy fix!
View --> grid& guide --> Snap to Document Gride
i've had this problem with the most recent version with indesign (not sure about other programmes). as the article stated, smart guides is dependent on another feature. in indesign, it's dependent on 'snap to document grid'. it needs to be unchecked for it to work,
It may not surprise anyone to know, this problem still persists in 2022, I was happily working in InDesign 17.0.1 x64 and realised the Smart Guides weren't so smart anymore.
I'd like to thank Jongware for posting the article with the answer to this puzzling dilema along with other useful content in the same article.
Happy designing in 2022 All
My Smart Guides were doing the same thing and I turned my Snap to Document Grids off and it fixed it.