Can't drag objects
I am unable to drag objects/textbox/etc in InDesign. I can resize using corner handles but I'm unable to click and drag object to desired location I've uninstalled, reinstalled, shutdown, restarted, cleared all settings, etc and nothing seems to work. I have never encountered this issue in all my years of using InDesign. Please help!
We thank you for your patience all this while.
Addressing this problem has been tricky for us given the random nature of the issue.
Determined to resolve the issue, we had launched our investigation into the matter to identify the root cause and fix it.
Many of you must have received email from us seeking more details about the issue.
We have concluded our investigation and came up with the below mentioned finding:
It was found that, most of the times, users were trying to drag an empty polygon which was leading the confusion because the legacy behaviour of InDesign allows dragging of polygon only from its edges or the centre most point.
If the user tries to drag it from any other position, the object cannot be moved.
We have tried to improve the user experience in this regard. You can try the same in InDesign’s latest version id 14.0.3.
Please download and install id 14.0.3 and let us know your feedback on the new experience.
If you are unable to drag other types of objects (other than empty polygons), please check the memory usage of your system. It has been observed that when the memory usage reaches the critical level, dragging of the objects become difficult.
As a workaround, you may either try to close some applications or restart the system.
I found a solution that worked for me !!!!
1. Save all work
2. Open Windows Task Manager
3. Right click and restart Windows Explorer .exe
Mine was fixed as well in Feb.
Now it's March 6th and now it's doing the same thing AGAIN!
I"ve used Indesign every day for the past couple weeks on a huge project due and now out of nowhere, it's not working again!!
Ethan G Nicolle commented
I closed photoshop and it worked again.
Mike Pena commented
Fixed! Feb 2020. Just closed all Adobe, Updated all Apps that needed updating. Opened InDesign. The objects are now are able to move. Fixed!
Same issue in January 2020, VERY aggravating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow with work to hand-in in less than a week, and this software decides to stop working. Thanks.
I figured it out... My objects are on Master Pages and for some odd reason Indesign unselected the option "Override All Master Page Items", after I reopened the document, locking all objects on master pages. Took a while to find a useful thread online... Hopefully this works out for others and you don't need to apply a bulldozer when a hammer is all you need lol.
I'm having the same issue... Clearly this is a bug that Adobe should be fixed as soon as possible. It affects productivity...
Solution: If you have a graphics tablet (I had a Wacom Intuos Pro) plugged into your PC when opening InDesign, for some reason this will over-ride the mouse drag input. Close InDesign, unplug the tablet and restart - problem solved!
I'm having the same issues. I can't move objects.
I am now experiencing this same issue. Can move items with the arrow keys on my keyboard, but cannot move anything with the selection tool in InDesign. I have tried restarting, closing all other programs, resetting preferences. This is a major issue and I cannot find a solution for it.
I closed Illustrator and now I can move objects.
Having this problem as well. Can't "grab" anything and drag it elsewhere. Completely bogs down any creative process. This needs to be taken seriously since it's such a core function.
still not fixed January 2020
Currently experiencing this issue on CC 2017. When I use the Free Transform tool I'm able to drag object and text boxes but not when using Selection tool.
Hope this helps someone else. FIX IT ADOBE!
THE ANSWER: Read through comments, saw the "right click solid box" suggestion, and it works!!! It even works for dragging layers, right click the object in the Layers panel, click "select item" and you can drag it to a different level.
This really shouldn't be so hard--does Adobe read comments on a "closed" issue?
PC Users: Reset settings to default for Indesign. Close all design programs. Run Disk Clean up. Restart Computer.
Mac Users: Reset settings to default for Indesign. Close all design programs. Clean all Caches. Restart Computer.
still not resolved....
Just ran into the same issue, absolutely no objects allowing me to drag them
Same here! Just updated to Indesign 2020 and I can't drag any objects. This problem also occurs in the 2019 version.