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New Contest! The Case of the Missing Placeholder Text

Hey folks, it’s time for another InDesign mystery that you can solve for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Here’s the scenario: 

You sit down to work at a colleague’s computer. You want to insert some placeholder text into an empty text frame. So you select that text frame with the Selection tool and choose Type > Fill With Placeholder Text.

But at first, it looks like nothing changed.

It’s only when you show hidden characters that you can see what happened. Instead of filling with visible text, the entire frame is filled with spaces.

When you make a new document and repeat the procedure you get the same result—all spaces and no words.

Why is the placeholder text composed of just spaces?

This month’s prize is 3 months access to videos of any 2 days of CreativePro Week 2018!

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct answers I receive before July 19, 2018

Enter now by emailing your solution to mike at

Note: Comments are closed on this post so no one gives away the answer. Good luck!

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of LinkedIn Learning courses on InDesign, Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, and Adobe Dimension.
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