I'm setting up cross references in my InDesign document. Everything I try to do using either paragraph styles or text anchors works, except the page number won't display. Even though I have the cross reference format set to display the text anchor name and page number, what shows is the text anchor and see . (No page number appears. Help please!
I just tested it (v 14.0.1) and it is working fine for me, and I don't see any issues with what you have done so far.
When InDesign begins to behave erratically, that usually means it is time to delete your preference and/or your cache folder.
Thank you for trying out the same steps. I cleared the cache and preferences and I'm having the same issue. The blue (transparent) rectangular box shows up, but the page number does not appear. I tried doing cross references using paragraph styles and not anchor text, and the same problem occurred. Perhaps there is some issue with the way page numbers are set up in the document?
Is the page number the same color as the paper? If not, I’m happy to look at the file if you can put a page or two on Dropbox. Post the link here (public) or hover over my name and message me (private).
Have you tried saving your doc as IDML and reopen it ?
Your screenshots show that your settings are correct, so it may be some sort of document corruption...
If the IDML solution is not helpful, I'd be also glad to have a look at the file (idml or cs6).
Besides, probably not related to your issue, but two things slighly bother me:
- the use of stops in the file name (and spaces too)
- the use of a straight quote instead of an apostrophe
I still had the file open so tested out those two characters: no problem.
I tried saving as an IMDL document, but when I opened it and tried the text anchor again, it would only allow me to browse for documents that were an IMDD file type.
Also, thanks for pointing out the straight quote; all the other apostrophes in the document were typographer's quotes, but using an apostrophe in the text anchor removed that formatting.
Also, would you recommend using underscores instead of spaces or periods in the file name?
The idea was not exactly to recreate the x-ref in the IDML but to:
- save your document as IDML.
- open the IDML
- resave the IDML as an .INDD
- reopen the newly created INDD and see if the x-ref issue was fixed.
About the apostrophe, it was just a typographic remark.
About the spaces and dots in file name, it's was a general remark about good practice.
Both remarks do not relate to the x-ref issue.
As Barb asked you before: could you share your file so we can maybe dig into it and see if can get it sorted?
All the best
Hi Vanessa and Vinny:
I have looked over the file and remain perplexed. I think the file is corrupt. Here's a link on how to deal with corrupt files:
I cannot replicate the issue either.
If what Vinny says isn't working - try moving your pages to a new document.
Start a new file with the same page margins as you have - then in your current document - select all the pages in the page panel - then go to Layout>Pages>Move Pages
You can then select to move your pages to the new document.
See if this frees up the Cross Reference text.
Hmmmmm this little £ is very unusual.
Never seen it before.
I found this old thread that relates the exact same bug:
Apparently moving all pages into a brand new document seemed to have fixed the issue, just like Eugene suggested.
You might want to give Eugene's suggestion a try.
Tell us if it worked for you.
Thank you all for your input. I have set up a new document with the same margins and number of pages and copied the pages from the old document to the new one. I saved the new document and restarted my computer. I set up the text anchor and saved the document. Then when I added the cross reference and tried to save, InDesign crashed. I repeated these steps several times and InDesign stopped working each time.
I had the exact same problem. I read the answers given to you and one worked for me. It is the one that says you have to import your text into a new (or existing document) by copying and pasting. It worked pretty well for me. I tried the INDD to IDML to INDD again, and it didn't work. I also tried to select the page and move them to another document, but this didn't work as well. So the copying-pasting seems to be the solution to solve this bug (document has been corrupted, whoever knows why…). I hope most of your text is threaded and the process will be quick (this was my case, 54 pages in a single thread… it made my life easier for once!)
Wish you success in this process.
I am running into the same problem, with the little pound symbol appearing. Unfortunately none of the above solutions has worked for me. Does anyone have any other suggestions?