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Tool Panel greyed out and all tools (except Text) are inactive

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Jun 17, 2019

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Hi

For some reason my tool panel now only allows me to use the Text tool - the rest of the tools are inactive and unable to be selected.  I have tried rebooting, uninstalling and reinstalling the app and that hasn't worked.  I found a previous post with this same issue but i do not have touch enabled so whilst that solved their dilemma it unfortunately won't fix mine.

Any suggestions??

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Tool Panel greyed out and all tools (except Text) are inactive

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Jun 17, 2019

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Hi

For some reason my tool panel now only allows me to use the Text tool - the rest of the tools are inactive and unable to be selected.  I have tried rebooting, uninstalling and reinstalling the app and that hasn't worked.  I found a previous post with this same issue but i do not have touch enabled so whilst that solved their dilemma it unfortunately won't fix mine.

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Hi Nicole:

 

That's how it looks when you are in Story Editor view. Choose Edit > Edit in Layout View.

 

However, if you uninstalled/reinstalled InDesign and the issue persists then it is more than that. It's mostly likely time to rebuild the preferences and/or cache files. See https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-indesign-rebuilding-preferences-cache/ .

 

~Barb

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Thanks Barb, but alas no, i was in Normal view. 

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What version of InDesign? What operating system? Can you post a screenshot?

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Oct 29, 2019

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This happened to me too.
I successfully rebuilt the preferences using the key commands and everything was fine.

I used Story Editor and after closing the Story Editor window the tools stayed grayed out. 
Something else is going on.
I'm on Window 10 Enterprise using InDesign 14.0.3.

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This happened to me as well, and I had never been in Story Editor in this file. After several reboots, it stayed the same, coudn't access any tools except the text tool. I didn't want to dump my preferences, too much work to rebuild them (yes, I should keep a clean copy somewhere). But with the mention of Story Editor, I put the cursor in the text, entered and then quit from Story Editor, and  the rest of the tools returned. Weird! I'm on a Macbook Pro, running System 10.13.6. 

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Thank you very much. It also helped me.

I work on Windows 10. I have InD version 15.0.1 (x64) + Creative Cloud version 5.0.0.354.
Method:
From any text frame, just switch to the Story Editor, type something and close the Story Editor.

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thank you all very much for this, worked for me too. Weird, but working!

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