panels / windows won't open, InDesign doesn't launch 80% of the time
Honestly wasn't sure what to file this under. I am running the latest version of InDesign (version 14.0.2). About 4/5 times when I click to launch InDesign, it bounces for several minutes and then nothing happens... and then it stops bouncing and the dot under the app also goes away, yet the app says its open - still no windows. Eventually - usually after about 10-15 minutes of waiting - I have to right click, quit, and start again.
But this is the part that really bothers me: When it finally does open properly and loads a document, many of the panels just will not open even after I select them from the menu. Most of the time I can't open any windows or panels within the app. And I NEED to be able to open the glyphs and corner options panels, but I haven't been able to open them for over a month, and I use this program on a nearly daily basis. Additionally, the color picker tool within the color popup does not work, but the regular tool within the toolbar does. I also have issues with the align and distribute options appearing and disappearing from the top bar. The options disappear after selecting an object, changing windows or navigating to a different app momentarily, and they will not reappear unless I click the gear icon of the panel and confirm the options again. Sometimes this doesn't work and then I have to quit and reopen the whole thing again.
I'm running Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6. I am going to have to uninstall and rollback to the 13.1 version of InDesign for now because I have clients waiting and I need to turn stuff over faster, but if more information is needed I can reinstall. Never had this issue in the 2018 version, but it's been a regular occurrence in the past few updates.
Could you please try reinstalling InDesign application after clearing up(or renaming) your preferences and cache for InDesign 2019(14.0).
If you still face the issue after doing the above, please share with us some screenshots and(or) small video demonstrating the problem.
Monty Lewis commented
This happens to me on a Mac Studio, BenQ monitor, Monterey 12.5.1
I am also experiencing these issues (click to start InDesign, 9 times out of 10 it gets stuck at "starting up panels" and tells me its open but no panels appear). I've reset everything, I've uninstalled and reinstalled, and have the same issue. When I finally got it to open yesterday, I left it open over night in order to finish the job I'm in the middle of. But it started acting strange and then crashed after about an hours worth of work this morning.
I'm on a 2016 Mac using Mojave (yes I know but it's a work requirement for interacting with systems issue) and the latest version of InDesign 2021 (16.4) via Creative Cloud.