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InDesign: Errors & Troubleshooting

Version: Adobe InDesign 2020. Be aware that different versions of InDesign will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guide: View/Download


InDesign has a built-in function that highlights errors that might affect the final export. Errors are noted at the bottom of the interface. If there are none, it will say “No errors.” 



To view errors: 
  1. Double-click the error count at the bottom of the Interface. A new window will appear. 

  2. Navigate through the drop-down menus to see the errors.
  3. Double-click an error to move the page its on. Alternatively, click the page number link (orange).
  4. Make edits as needed. 

Overflow Text

If there’s too much text to fit within the frame, the overflow text won’t be visible. Overflow text is represented by a red box with a plus sign near the bottom-right-edge of the text frame. Adjust the size of the frame or the text format until everything is visible. See InDesign: Using Text for more details.

Broken Image Link

If an image that’s in the document is moved on the computer, the link from InDesign to the file will break. A preview of the image will still be visible, but the image won’t probably appear in the final document when exported. An image that is linked correctly will have a chain-link icon to the top-left of its frame. A broken link will have a red circle with a question mark.



To correct a broken image link: 
  1. Navigate to image and click the red circle. A new window will appear.
  2. Locate and select the image file.
  3. Click Open to reconnect the link. 

Missing Font

If text has been copied into a document, or if a document has been shared improperly, it may be missing fonts or font substyles, such as Regular or Bold. InDesign indicates missing fonts by highlighting the text in pink. 
To correct a missing font error, highlight the affected font and select an alternative font or font substyle. The original missing font can be downloaded and installed on the computer to resolve this issue as well.



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Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2020-03-26 10:31 PDTUpdated:2020-03-27 09:50 PDT
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