I have been trying to figure this out for days. My InDesign file was locking and freezing when I clicked "Create Merged Document." Instead of creating a merged document, I clicked "Export to PDF" and then it worked.
How could the solution have been that easy? This does not make sense. It cannot have been that easy.
Did you try exporting the document to IDML; then re-opening that IDML file to Save-As to a new InDesign document? Then, re-attempt to make a Data Merge?
Also consider an update to the most recent bug-fix version of InDesign CC, that's version 9.3.
Hey all, I had the same problem. ID crashed when I tried to Select Data Source. Starting a clean file from scratch solved the problem. I just pasted the design from the original document and all went OK. ID CC 13.1 x64 @ Win 10
Data merge kept freezing. Five frustrating hours later with no merge, I saw this post about saving as a pdf insteading of creating a merge file and it worked in 30 seconds for a 1400+ page file. Thank you for the tip. It was that easy!
Hi. So when exactly do you save as a PDF? Because my file is crashing right after I click Ok to merge.
I figured it out. the hamburger menu in the Data Merge window has an option to Export to PDF
I am wondering the same thing. I dont see anywhere in the Data Merge area to save as .pdf. Let me know what you find out.