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.
The fix for this issue is now available in the beta builds of InDesign. You can download the latest beta build from Download section of InDesign Prerelease portal.
1. Go to adobeprerelease.com
2. Log in with your Adobe Id.
3. Once logged in, search for “InDesign CC Prerelease” program in the list.
4. Click on the program to join the same.
5. You can now download the build (22.214.171.1248) from “Builds and Plugins” section on the page.
6. The steps for installing the build can be found in the release notes
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.