Alt dragging duplicates twice in InDesign

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Sep 30, 2020 Sep 30, 2020

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Just as the title says. When I "alt drag" on anyhting it now duplicates twice instead of once. Its infuriating. It's been happending for a couple weeks so I'm assuming its since the latest update (15.1.2). I've restarted InDesign, I've restarted my computer and I've uninstalled and re-installed InDesign numerous times. 

 

Uninstalling and re-installing works very temporarally. But thats it. Right back to multiple duplicating soon after. 

 

Has anyone else experienced this and have a fix?

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Sep 30, 2020 Sep 30, 2020

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I'm running 15.1.2 on the Mac OS and am not seeing this issue. It works as expected. When you drag, are you seeing a ghosted version of that second copy? If so, I'm wonding if you're having an issue with your keyboard as you can make additional copies using alt + drag and adding the arrow keys. Any chance you can try alt + dragging using a different keyboard? Also I just tested the alt + drag on Windows and it works as expected.

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Yes, there is a ghosted (dotted outlined) version of the second copy. See attached. The second attachment is the end result.

 

Unfortunately, I dont have access to a different keyboard at the moment. Still working from home. I'm on macbook pro.Screen Shot 2020-09-30 at 10.33.06 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-09-30 at 10.36.06 AM.png

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 01, 2020 Oct 01, 2020

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Yeah that ghosting is indicative of tapping your right arrow key when dragging to make a copy. I'd try another keyboard or at least just try rapping on your arrow keys for a bit and try it again. Wondering if a key is stuck or something?

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Sep 30, 2020 Sep 30, 2020

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Hi Blahblahblah5:

 

Uninstalling and re-installing works very temporarally. But thats it. Right back to multiple duplicating soon after. 

Have you rebuilt the preferences and cache files?

https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-indesign-rebuilding-preferences-cache/ 

 

~Barb 

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I'll try this. Thank you.

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Neither of these worked.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 01, 2020 Oct 01, 2020

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While I haven't experienced that ghosting, I finally brought my MacBook Pro in to get the faulty keyboard replaced. What a difference! I can't believe I waited so long. 🙄

https://support.apple.com/keyboard-service-program-for-mac-notebooks 

 

~Barb 

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Dec 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020

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Can't get this to stop happening no matter what. 

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Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

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On Windows: Pushing the arrow up on the keyboard while holding Alt and drag (a bit tricky with only two hands, but use the Alt-gr) will give you more duplicates. Pushing the arrow down on the keyboard while holding Alt and drag will reduce number of duplicates.

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