Menu bar gets stuck - Indesign on M1 Pro mac
On a regular basis the pull down menus in Indesign will stop reacting properly: Clicking menu item will select the topic (screenshot 1), but not pull down the menu. A second click AND hold will pull down the menu, but all the sub-menus remain unavailable, they will not pull out. The issue is persisent: Restarting Indesign does not fix it once it starts occuring, but restarting the computer will fix it. The issue may be OS related, but it only occurs in Indesign, and only on my M1 Pro computer, not my older Intel mac.
The issue usually occurs after Indesign crashes, something which unfortunately happens multiple times a day using Indesign on M1 Pro. Having to restart the computer multiple times a day has not happened to me since the days of OS 9. I am using a couple of plugins in Indesign, which may contribute to crashes, but I also have an Intel Mac with the same version of Indesign, and the same plugins, and am having no such issues there.
Apple M1 Pro
macOS 12.0.1 (21A559)
Having the same issue on a macbook pro 2017, just after updating to Monterey, the bug started appearing. And I was wondering if I should update because before everything worked more or less fine. :( Before this update, I had one issue with indesign for a while that was not bothering me so much, that Indesign would ask me after boot if I wanted to recreate a file that had been closed before saving and that it couldn't find the file. Normally you just click it away and its not gonna show up again. This message comes now every time I start the program, even if the issue is fixed already, its still showing me that its looking for this stupid file. And when I want to work on something in indesign its impossible, I can not open the menu, not even for a while. Im so desperate, I wanted to follow the advice from one of the users here, but the path he typed there doesn't work on me, I don't find the folder that contains my presets. Even when I deinstall Indesign and also delete the presets I have in creative cloud, It still starts with the same problems as before as soon as its installed. It SUCKS so bad, I can't use the program AT ALL and I can't work like this.
MB Creative commented
Thank you, Kev Llewellyn! You got me back on track with this fix!
Ben Winkler commented
Kev Llewellyn's solution worked for me. Thanks Kev!
Kev Llewellyn commented
I had this problem, clicking the menu once didn't drop down the sub nav, clicking it again made the sub nav flash open for a second. Nothing fixed it, even re-installing ID twice. Basically unusable. I found the following fix to work for me: The problem was being caused by corrupted recovery data. I went to the folder where the data is stored for my active ID version, saved a copy of it all to my hard drive just incase and then trashed the data in the actual recovery folder and it now works again. The file path to the recovery data is...
On Mac OS:
/[Hard Drive]/Users/[User Name]/Library/Caches/Adobe InDesign/Version [#.0]/InDesign Recovery
On Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\InDesign\Version [#.0]\en_US\Caches\InDesign Recovery
Obviously, this is at your own risk, I seem to have gotten lucky here. Keep a back up just incase you need to reinstate.
That s why I go back to the 2021 version and have to convert all the files I created so far
Lily Cowper commented
Been having this problem for at least month now and it frucking sucks.. My program makes the menus flash when you click but won't stay open so you can select the tool you need.. also slows and freezes whenever I try to select things in the menu bar. Not really able to use the program until this is fixed come on guys
Øystein Vidnes commented
This is still a problem. Here is a film showing the behaviour.
David Silvester commented
I'm experiencing exactly the same problems on my 13" MacBook Pro M1 (Feb 2020 model). Yet to find any helpful advice from Adobe or Apple. Glad to know I'm not the only one.
I'm also experiencing issues with the main InDesign workspace window not coming to the foreground when using standard app-switching (Cmd-Tab). An InDesign toolbar may appear but the main application window does not, I have to use Missiion Control to find the window and click it to bring to the front.
Øystein Vidnes commented
Small update: The issue may occur less consistently than I thought: Sometimes restarting Indesign will fix it, and sometimes even a complete restart of the computer does not fix it. Resetting settings for Indesign does not fix it.
When the issue occurs, quick double clicking on the menu item may make the pull down menu appear, but it gets stuck and will not disappear, creating the following effect (see screenshot).