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

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Application Frame Missing

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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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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

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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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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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Apr 25, 2018

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

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Jun 04, 2018

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

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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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