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Huge Yellow Tool Tips Bugging You?

When you’re in InCopy’s Layout view, or anywhere in InDesign’s main view, the programs insist on displaying huge yellow boxes with tiny text whenever you hover your cursor over a managed workflow story or image. The text says, “You are currently editing “feature story-Once there.incx”” or “X Story is available for anyone to edit” or the really obnoxious ones say, “Fran is currently editing blah blah.incx in Adobe InCopy from [this horribly/long path/that goes on/and on/six lines deep/like we care/]…”

You can try changing the screen mode to Preview, or hiding frame edges, and those pesky suckers remain.

If you just … can’t … take it … anymore, guess what? You can turn them off!

Go to the Interface section of the Preferences dialog box (under the InDesign or InCopy menu on Macs, or from the Edit menu on Windows) and in the Tool Tip area, change the dropdown to “None.”

Ah, blessed relief. No more yellow boxes! You’ll still be able to tell the status of the workflow stories by the icons on their frames; or if you’ve hidden frames (View > Hide Frame Edges), from their icons in the Assignments panel.

The only useful information you’ll truly lose in Layout view is the name of the person who currently has a story checked out. All you see is the pencil with the red slash icon. InDesign users will have to live with that (or they can turn Tool Tips back on from Preferences), but InCopy users can just quickly switch to Galley or Story view. In those views, the grey Story bars have the same information as the tool tips in Layout view.

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepción is the co-founder (with David Blatner) and CEO of Creative Publishing Network, which produces InDesignSecrets, InDesign Magazine, and other resources for creative professionals. Through her cross-media design studio, Seneca Design & Training, Anne-Marie develops ebooks and trains and consults with companies who want to master the tools and workflows of digital publishing. She has authored over 20 courses on on these topics and others. Keep up with Anne-Marie by subscribing to her ezine, HerGeekness Gazette, and contact her by email at or on Twitter @amarie
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4 Comments on “Huge Yellow Tool Tips Bugging You?

  1. THANK YOU. This has been bugging me for months. Thank you so, so, so, so much. I’m starting to hate incopy a bit less now that I’m picking up on its secrets.

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