InDesign file opens as unsaved

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Mar 01, 2017

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This started today. I open an InDesign file and without making any changes it is somehow altered and needs to be saved.

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Explorer , Nov 14, 2018
PeterHeine Explorer , Nov 14, 2018
Fixed it. Just found the solution on another thread about the same problem. Reset your InDesign Preferences.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2017

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You've provided precious little information for us to know what's happening: What it does it mean: "without making any changes [the InDesign file] is somehow altered"? What version of InDesign? What operating system?

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New Here ,
Mar 02, 2017

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I am running OS X 10.11.6 and using InDesign CC 2017.

The problem is with all InDesign files…including a file created 2 hours before the problem started. That file was created and saved, it was the opened and without doing anything to it I was prompted to save it before closing. I have also created new files saved them, closed and upon reopening they also had to be saved before closing.

The files I open are not copies or templates.

This issue did not exist before yesterday. I have uninstalled and reinstalled InDesign to no avail. I have also done the same with the Creative Cloud app.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 03, 2017

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Are you saving the files locally, on a server or on a system that might 'tag' the files making them read as updated?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2017

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Are you opening from an older version into a newer version, such as from 2015 Release to 2017 Release?

That would be first thing to look at.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 02, 2017

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It is also possible that some links are updated automatically or some font mapping was adjusted, which makes the file different from when you opened it.

If your open, save, close then open that file again, does it come up as 'altered' and needs to be saved?

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Mentor ,
Mar 02, 2017

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Check the options button in the dialog box where you choose files. There is a setting for Open Copy that could do what you're seeing.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Mar 02, 2017

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Another possibility is that the OP opened a template, but until such time that this is clarified all we can do is guess.

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Mentor ,
Mar 02, 2017

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One more possibility is you exported from it. That could cause a need to save the file.

Again, waiting for the OP to explain more.

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Explorer ,
Apr 17, 2017

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I'm having the same problem. I made a screencapture of it. I open a file that I just saved, and it keeps telling me it is unsaved.

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Explorer ,
Jan 25, 2018

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I have this same problem and it drives me crazy - just can't figure out why it is happening.

Often occurs with documents in a book. I save each one: sometimes using Save All and sometimes individually using Save As. With an affected book within seconds of saving everything several (but not usually all) of the documents are unsaved - asterisks appear next to the filename.

Always assumed it was a bug because it doesn't affect every book. Although I have a feeling it affects ones which display other signs of being corrupted somehow. It happened today in a book which I had saved as IDML and then recreated.

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Explorer ,
Jun 29, 2018

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Same problem. Working in server environment.

The problem ceased for a certain time when I logged in using a new server account, but now it's there again.

Trashing the preferences didn't change anything.

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Explorer ,
Jul 02, 2018

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Just found that, when I turn off the "Match Pasteboard to Theme Color" it doesn't show the asterisk when opening existing files.

So this is probably related to the theme settings?

Can anyone confirm this?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 02, 2018

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Hi Tom,

tried with my desktop version of InDesign CC 2018.1 on Windows (1803).

Turned on/off "Match Pasteboard to Theme Color" in preferences. Does not make a difference.

All my documents open as not modified. So I am not affected.

Maybe that's not the case with you, but there are reports around a problem with Universal Type Client by Extensis and modified documents after open:

Universal Type Client and Adobe InDesign - Links have been modified and need updating

https://help.extensis.com/hc/en-us/articles/360005410534

Regards,
Uwe

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Enthusiast ,
Jul 02, 2018

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Hi,

it could depends on changing some preferences or settings (such as color profiles) before reopening the document.

For example, if I change the color settings or some InDesign preferences (without opened document), when I reopen the file the asterisk appears.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Hi cinziamarotta ,

I cannot see this behavior with changed color settings when no document is open.

Can you give an example where this happens?

Regards,
Uwe

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Enthusiast ,
Jul 02, 2018

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Launch InDesign and, without any document opened, choose EDIT > Color Settings...

Or  > Preferences...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 02, 2018

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Hm. Just did that, changed the Engine from "Adobe (ACE)" to "Microsoft ISM", opened an InDesign document and the doc is still not showing as modified. Same with changing some preferences. No modified document showing after opening some.

Regards,
Uwe

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Enthusiast ,
Jul 02, 2018

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I've changed my colour settings from Europe prepress 3 into Europe web/internet and InDesign added the asterisk

or

try Preferences > Composition > Text Wrap only affects text beneath

then open an previous file and the asterisk appears...

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Explorer ,
Nov 14, 2018

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Has anyone found a solution to this? Could it be a Hardware / RAM issue or something?

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Explorer ,
Nov 14, 2018

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I have learned to live with it. But still really annoying..

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Explorer ,
Nov 14, 2018

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Fixed it. Just found the solution on another thread about the same problem. Reset your InDesign Preferences.

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New Here ,
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Tried it but it is still happening.  Does anyone have a solution?

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