Can't delete InDesign color swatch
Documents inherit a swatch from a picked-up file and the swatch can not be deleted.
1) This problem has existed for us since at least InDesign CS4 and persists through the current CC 2018 build (13.1).
2) In the attached file, "Select All Unused" in the Swatches panel. There is no content at all in the file. All objects have been deleted, as have all text and object styles. Try to delete the unused process color swatch, "C=80 M=76 Y=70 K=73."
3) We expect the unused swatch to be deleted.
4) Trash can icon in Swatches panel is grayed out and unselectable.
We have tried renaming the swatch, creating an identical swatch in Illustrator, placing and deleting both .ai and .eps files and merging the swatch with other swatches.
This issue is also present in other legacy files with different swatches.
Following upon the comments from the users who had mentioned that the issue is still not resolved for them, we contacted them on email to gather more information.
It was found that the issue is no longer reproducible for them, hence we are closing the thread.
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We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 14.0.3
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After contacting the users who were facing the problem even after the fix, we could analyze that the issue does not exist anymore for them now.
Adobe InDesign Team
yes. this is a joke. fix the problem !
Hi - I'm using indd 14.0.3 and am experiencing the same issue. I can't delete a Pantone color - it's similar to another color and I'll be sharing the file and don't want others to use the incorrect swatch. I've gone to CC and installed the latest updates, restarted the PC and the issue persists. This is the first time I've encountered this issue.
I did also go through all pages, layers to ensure everything was unlocked. I went through all Paragraph and Character styles and tried to search for a usages for the swatch in the file, but it could not be found. Yet is still remains at the root of the color palette (I have several folders for colors)
Thanks - Karl
This is still a problem for me. indesign version (14.0.3)
This is getting very annoying.
finally exported as idml -- ColorRemovable -- false
This is still a problem for me. Several swatches are shown as Unused, but can’t be deleted. I tried, as suggested elsewhere, exporting the document to IDML then reopening it and saving as a new file. No joy — the unwanted swatches are still there.
This is getting very annoying.
Gus O commented
Is this still under review, since April 18? I mean, I need to send this template to another designer, and I don't want him to get confused about these ramdom swatches in this file. Can someone at ADOBE please CARE????
Just follow below given steps:
Step 1 : make same color swatch with spot in illustrator as .eps file.
Step 2 : Place .eps file in your document and then
Step 3 : Delete the placed object, when you are deleting your object after that delete icon activate/appear in swatch dialog box.
Paul Rosenberg commented
@amaarora : Thank you, Aman. The file was a "Save As…" from previous files. This swatch issue has proliferated to thousands of other files in our workflow as we work from pickups of prior jobs.
I suspect that the original problem was introduced years with a placed die line file from a print vendor. There are some files that include the spot swatch "Artios_Cut" which similarly can not be deleted.
We are able to change that spot color to process, change its build and its name, but it is persistently resistant to deletion once introduced to a file and every file saved from that file. Once in, it can't be deleted.