Indesign won't show guides and background is black

Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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As I was working on a project, the background suddenly when black and my guides wont show even though it says they are not hidden. its almost like it is in preview mode but I can still move my images and all the options are there. can anyone tell me how to fix it?

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012
It's set to preview mode-- click here to change to normal

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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You’re in presentation mode. Hit escape.

Bob

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LEGEND ,
Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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Bob Levine wrote:

You’re in presentation mode

I don't think so... Not with rulers and panels showing.

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Jan 06, 2021 Jan 06, 2021

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Many thanks, Bob, it helps!

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LEGEND ,
Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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Looks to me like you are in Preview mode (that's what the icon in the toolbox says) and you've change the background color from Gray to Black. You can edit that inthe prefs under Guids and Pasteboard. Preview mode does not disable anyu editing capabilities, it just hides the pasteboard, and all non-printing objects, including guides.

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Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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Ah…I didn’t look at the screen shot and just went from the black background which is the default for presentation moded.

Bob

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New Here ,
Oct 13, 2014 Oct 13, 2014

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ya helped a lot!

I was seemed to have the same problem. thanks for sharing the answer!

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New Here ,
Jul 16, 2019 Jul 16, 2019

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You solved my issue! Thanks!

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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Screen Shot 2012-02-22 at 1.23.37 PM.png

yah its view- i can edit anything and what not, but I just can't see my margin, guides, bleed and obviously the background is black.i've tried exiting the program and restarting and this file continues to do this even though i didn't change anything. do the guides looks correctly set up on this? i'm a new indesign user in school and my teacher doesn't know waht to do either lol.

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Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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It's set to preview mode-- click here to change to normal

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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thanks! your a life saver!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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You're welcome. It was Peter who first pointed this out--I just posted the screen shot to show you where to change it.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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do you know why my grids wont show up? I am still having problems with that...

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Mentor ,
Feb 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012

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View > Grids and Guides > Show Guides/Show Grids    (cmd + ; for Guides, cmd + ' for Grids, alt + cmd + ' for baseline grid)

And they can be set in the Preferences to be in front, or behind page elements.

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Mar 06, 2015 Mar 06, 2015

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Preferences > Guides & Pasteboard > Preview Background > Light Grey

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Sep 20, 2016 Sep 20, 2016

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my icons on my tools are black and so is my top ruler.  How do I fix this?

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Jan 06, 2021 Jan 06, 2021

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Thanks for the Heads Up!

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