How to Mess Up Your Hyperlinks Panel
You know how the Hyperlinks panel is now really the “Hyperlinks and Cross-References” panel? I guess that was too long to fit in the title bar, but it really is two very different panels in one — with a little horizontal double-line divider between them.
You’ve seen this divider in other panels; for example, the Pages and Links panels both have one. You may even know that you can drag that divider up and down to give more space to the top or bottom sections.
Dragging the divider is no big deal in the Pages panel or the Links panel. In the Pages panel you can even drag it all the way to the top or bottom of the panel, effectively making either the master pages or the document pages disappear. (Keep that in mind for your colleague’s computer next April Fool’s Day.) No big deal, because the divider line is still there (if you look closely) and you can drag it back.
However, James Fritz emailed me over the weekend and mentioned, “I accidentally slid the divider between hyperlinks and cross references to the bottom of the panel.” The result — at least in CS6 — is no april fool’s joke… rather it appears to be a rather annoying bug: If you drag that divider to the top or bottom, the Hyperlinks disappear entirely, along with the divider line.
No double-line divider means you can’t get your hyperlinks back! Fritz did discover that you can get them back temporarily if you choose Small Panel Rows from the panel menu. But resetting your workspace sadly does nothing.
The only solution: rebuild your preferences. That brings the panel back to its original state. Sad, but true! (We reported this same solution for other kinds of empty InDesign palettes here.)
I just tried this in CS4 and CS5 and it worked properly (the double-line divider remains), so this appears to be a bug only in CS6. Thanks, James, for letting us know.