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Spell checking alternate layouts is annoying

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Oct 03, 2020

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The spell-checker selects text boxes in a stupid order, jumping back and forth between linked layouts so it ends up checking the linked (slave) text box before it checks the master (source) text box. There is no point in correcting an error that will just be erased when I update the links. Much more sensible would be to check ALL the text boxes in the main layout before checking ANY of the text boxes in the alternates. Just allowing me to spell-check a specific layout would help a lot.

 

Another fantasy is to search and spell-check text boxes in page-number order.

 

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Spell checking alternate layouts is annoying

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The spell-checker selects text boxes in a stupid order, jumping back and forth between linked layouts so it ends up checking the linked (slave) text box before it checks the master (source) text box. There is no point in correcting an error that will just be erased when I update the links. Much more sensible would be to check ALL the text boxes in the main layout before checking ANY of the text boxes in the alternates. Just allowing me to spell-check a specific layout would help a lot.

 

Another fantasy is to search and spell-check text boxes in page-number order.

 

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  1. Do you have content on the master? Why?
  2. It seems that you work with several unlinked threads, why?

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I probably used the term master incorrectly. Master pages are not the problem; linked layouts are. One layout is the parent and the rest are the children, in the sense that changing the parent will also change the linked children, but not vice versa. Spell-checking a child layout is usually a mistake, but the spell checker insists on doing it. Ditto for Search. Many times I've searched for a mistake, fixed it, and only realized later that I had fixed the child layout, and my changes were lost the next time I updated the links.

 

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As Willi indicated, the fewer separate text frames in your document, the less Check Spelling will jump around, so keeping frames threaded as much as possible will help.

 

It's a workaround, but one thing you could do is temporarily set the Language for all of the Paragraph Styles used in your Alternate Layout to No Language, and Check Spelling will skip that content. Once done, set the language back to its proper setting. 

 

I would also suggest logging your preference as a feature request at the Adobe User Voice site.

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That's not much help, but thanks for answering. "Search/Spellcheck in numerical page order" is in fact an item on the Adobe User Voice site so I voted for it.

 

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