InDesign "reading" image files every few minutes

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Mar 29, 2019 Mar 29, 2019

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Help! I'm working on a two-page spread in InDesign and every couple minutes InDesign slows way and starts "reading" the files (blue bar at bottom left of screen next to errors and preflight options). This makes InDesign slow and jumpy for a few minutes while it goes through and "reads"/tests each link. I've looked everywhere online how to turn this off but alas, no luck. My coworker says it's never happened to her when she works on the same files or the same computers as me. Is there a way to disable what I'm assuming is link-checking? I tried turning preflight off, but that didn't work either. Basically, I'm looking for something to stop InDesign from "reading" the image files every few minutes.

Thanks in advance.

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Mar 29, 2019 Mar 29, 2019

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Turn off high quality display and use typical instead.

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 05, 2019 Apr 05, 2019

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Hi Lindsay,

We’re so sorry to hear about this. I would like to know if turning off High Quality Display worked for you, or the issue still persists. If you are still facing the same issue please share the following details:

  • OS (Exact version of Windows/MAC)
  • Exact version of InDesign
  • Screenshot or a small video of the issue.
  • Where's your file and linked images saved? For example, in Network Drive/System HDD/Shared Folder on System /External HDD?

Regards,

Srishti

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 20, 2019 Dec 20, 2019

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I was having the same issue, this worked for me. In addition to below, you may have to go to Indesign- Preferences- Display Performance, then set 'Default View' and 'Adjust View Settings' to Typical- I did this first, then the below. You will have to change in BOTH places as one change did not effect the other.

 

Go to View (in the top bar in InDesign, third from right)- Display Performance and check Typical
 
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Community Beginner ,
Jan 21, 2021 Jan 21, 2021

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Having the same issue. I just need to have the option to link the images when I am going to PDF. Not for them to keep checking for the link every two seconds while I am working. I haven't found a solution for this... and typical display is not the answer.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 21, 2021 Jan 21, 2021

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Hi Elisha,

 

Sorry to hear about this trouble.  I am hopeful that the issue is fixed by the suggestions shared by Jeff. If not, would you mind sharing a few more details like:

  • OS and version of InDesign
  • Screenshot of the error.
  • When did this start happening? Are there any recent changes made to your system? For example, any antivirus, system updates or web extensions installed recently.
  • Where are the linked files saved (Network Drive/ System HDD/ Shared Folder on System /External HDD)?

 

We’re here to help, just need more info.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 21, 2021 Jan 21, 2021

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Have you tried what Bob Levine is suggesting above? 

I have this issue when working on billboards that include huge images. Using Typical View, solves the "slowing down" issue in this case.

If changing the View option does not work, try turning off Preflight.

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