Application Frame Missing

New Here ,
Mar 13, 2018 Mar 13, 2018

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Hi all, I opened up Indesign CC on my Macbook Pro running OSX High Sierra one day and the Application Frame was missing. Not only that, everything was missing. Turning off the Application Frame allows me to use the software as normal, but I much prefer working with it on as I hate seeing "through" the window. Pressing Tab does nothing, trashing preferences by holding down Control-Command-Opt-Shift on startup does nothing. Updating does nothing. Short of uninstalling and reinstalling, are there any other solutions people can think of?

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 14, 2018 Mar 14, 2018
Have you used the MacBook with an external monitor? Sounds like it's trying to display your workspace on that.

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Mar 14, 2018 Mar 14, 2018

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Have you used the MacBook with an external monitor? Sounds like it's trying to display your workspace on that.

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2018 Mar 26, 2018

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Cheers @BobLevine - it would seem this was the issue after all. Oddly enough I didn't need to do anything other than connect an external monitor - as soon as I did, the application frame started functioning normally on the MBP's display.

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New Here ,
Apr 25, 2018 Apr 25, 2018

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mine still doesn't work. even after reinstallation. that's pretty annoying!

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New Here ,
Jun 04, 2018 Jun 04, 2018

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I'm having the same issue and nothing seems to be working!

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May 10, 2020 May 10, 2020

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I'm using InDesign 15.0.2 on a Macbook Pro, 2012 Mojave 10.14.6. When I select Application Frame from the Window Menu, everything vanishes. The interface disappears. The only thing I have access to is the Menu. When I deselect Application Frame, the interface reappears, with that annoying free floating workspace for tabbed documents. How do I get back to this default workspace? Thanks.Screen Shot 2020-05-10 at 9.31.44 AM.png

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New Here ,
Jul 18, 2021 Jul 18, 2021

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I'm having issues with the application frame as well. It just stopped working. I can't bring it back! Choosing it from the drop down menu just hides all the panels. I'm now forced to work with a windowed view. Currently Mac OS Mojave with inDesign 16.3.2

 

I want it all back to normal! I've uninstalled and reinstalled, deleted the indesign prefs and it's still the same. What should I do?

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New Here ,
Jul 25, 2021 Jul 25, 2021

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Same. Activating the 'Application Frame' feature hides any open indd document and all indd panels. Using InDesign for 19 years and this is the first time I have experienced this. Very frustrating. Currently running Mojave with InDesign 16.3.2. Have you found a solution yet?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 25, 2021 Jul 25, 2021

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Do you have open documents as tabs enabled in your preferences?

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Jul 27, 2021 Jul 27, 2021

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That was it. Thank you! Perhaps that preference was enabled as a default in an indd update?

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