Multi-colored squiggly lines under seemingly arbitrary text

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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I inhereited a direct mail INDD file and am seeing a bunch of squiggly lines under random sections of text (see attached image with 4 different squggly line colors). I checked Preferences > Spelling and that's not helping me understand what's going on (screenshot attached). Any clues what these colors are for and/or how I might turn them off? There are a lot of them thoughout the document and it's really distracting to look at (but they do dissapear if I switch to Preview mode). Thanks!

 

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May 28, 2021 May 28, 2021

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Hi divanmeg,

this looks like if four conditions of the Conditional Text feature are applied to the same text.

From my German InDesign 2021:

 

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You could re-format the text with the default [ Unconditional ] ( [Ohne Bedingung] in my German UI )

But before you do this, check with the maker of that document if the applied conditions have an important purpose!

 

Read about Conditional Text in InDesign's help pages here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/editing-text.html#use_conditional_text

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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I agree with Laubender. You'll find the Conditional Text panel by choosing Window > Type > Conditional Text. If you see anything other than "Unconditional" in that panel, then follow Laubender's guidance.

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