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InDesign CC2019 - blank control panel

Just installed InDesign CC2019. Bizarrely the control panel containing the adjustment controls with character and paragraph setting is there but empty. I tried turning off and on, and resetting the workspace but to no avail. Resetting preferences on start up has worked but feel this could happen again.

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FIXED  ·  AdminAbhinav Kaushik (Quality Engineer, Adobe InDesign) responded  · 

Hello All,

Thank you for your patience all this while.
This issue is now fixed in the latest update (Id 14.0.1) of InDesign CC.
If you are unable to see the update notification yet, open the menu (three dots) from the top-right of Creative Cloud desktop application and click on ‘Check For App Updates’.

Once the update button is shown against InDesign CC, click on the button to update your InDesign to Id 14.0.1 for the fix of the issue.
Do let us know in the comments, if you face any problem with the new update.

List of fixed issues can be found at: helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

InDesign Team


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  • Debbie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Tried everything. Control panel is black. Did just about everything mentioned in comments below. This is taking up too much time. Please fix!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have updated and my Align palette is still blank. It's driving me crazy! Please fix! For the premium we pay, I expect software that works!!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    YES, I have BIG problems with both PAGES and LINKS control panels, they are completely empty, as if my documents (any one of them) contained no pages or links. what to do?

  • drew commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    No, this is absolutely NOT fixed. This issue continues to occur for me in BOTH Indesign 13 & 14. It affects Object Styles, Character Styles, and others. Please get this corrected. A quick Google search reveals that this has been going on FOR A DECADE at least.


    Not interested in having to reset prefs once a week just to get basic functionality out of your software.

  • Matt Clark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am experiencing issues as well. I can only see the Objects and Other control panel tools. I only experience this issue when working from a single screen on my laptop. If my laptop is connected to an external monitor with extended desktop, there doesn't appear to be any problem.

    So while I'm traveling, inDesign is effectively useless. PLEASE FIX ASAP.

  • Jenna Rütter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am using the latest version 14.0.1 and I have an empty control panel, too. Especially the paragraph control panel. This problem is not fixed!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm using InDesign 14.0.1. When customizing the control panel for the top toolbar, it only shows Objects nothing else. I've checked for updates and am told I'm fully up to date. can you assist as this is wasting my time.

  • Evaleigh Z commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Now all the panels disappear. Using MAC on 10.13.6
    I use two screens with my panels on the right-hand screen. Each time I use CMD W to close a file, all my panels disappear. Only resetting Workspace brings them back. Not even switching between workspaces or TAB wil bring the panels back.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have the blank control panel as well and so would like to update to 14.0.1 but when I check for updates its saying I'm up to date although I'm on 14.0 - so how do I get to 14.0.1 ? I'm hoping to get my control panel back instead of just seeing a long gray bar at the bottom of my workspace... help!

  • George Lacy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm not able to upgrade. I'm running ID 14.0 but have no update option.

    Is there a link that works? I'm still without the Control Panel

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Wow, I'm new to inDesign and thought I had done something stupid to make it a blank toolbar. It's been 3 weeks I've been using it as is and finally I decided to google the issue. Then, I update and whoop there it is...

  • Gato commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Adobe, you're increidble. First there were those incredible bugs in Photoshop CC 2019 and now InDesign. Are you even testing your builds before releasing them to the masses? You know, the masses that work professionals with those tools. I'm just speechless how this can happen.

  • Marcee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This problem still exists for me. Blank Control panel. Mac OSX High Sierra. Indesign CC 19. No updates shown to be available.

  • Jeff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My user just upgraded to Id 14.0.1 and that started this issue, not fixed it. The updates were applied to InDesign and Illustrator with the same results on both. Turned it on and off, Reset the Start screen, uninstalled and reinstalled, nada.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Since installing the latest version several weeks back, I was hit with the blank floating control panel. I reset the caches and, because my control panel is usually docked within my saved workspace, I haven't encountered any further issues. That was until yesterday. I accidentally detached the control panel from the workspace and immediately the right half of the controls disappeared before all vanished a few moments later. This time, I simply reset the preferences and reverted to my original workspace settings (with the control panel docked) and all is well again. Still waiting for the solid update though.

  • Bob L. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Concerning this fix, do all Macs in the office need to be updated to continue to share files?


  • Hortie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is really annoying and is slowing down my work processes. Please fix!!! We need a new update!

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