Turning Off the Frame Edge Highlights in CS5
Is there a way to turn of the frrame edges that show when you roll over objects with your mouse in InDesign CS5? They show in Normal and Preview mode.
Um… no. Sorry.
If you haven’t experienced this yet, what Sandra is referring to is a feature, not a bug. Here’s what Adobe’s help system says about it:
“InDesign now temporarily draws the frame edges as you use the Selection tool to hover over items on a page. This method makes it easier to find the item you want before you select it. The color of the frame edge drawn matches the color of the layer the object is on. Groups are drawn with a dashed line. This feedback is especially helpful when working in Preview Mode or with Hide Frame Edges selected”
“When you hover over a page item with the Direct Selection tool, InDesign displays the path and display the path points. This feedback makes it easier to view the path point you want to manipulate. You no longer have to select the object with the Direct Selection tool and then select the path point. You can simply drag the point you want.”
In most cases, I find that I like this feature a lot. It really does make it easier to find objects when in Preview mode. However, sometimes I do find myself thinking of that old cartoon of the “little old lady” batting the boy scout over the head saying, “I don’t want your help! Stop helping me!”
One option is to use the Presentation mode (Shift-W) instead of Preview mode. If you’re trying to see what a page will look like (and you’re not trying to edit the page), Presentation mode is a wonderful way to do it. And… no object highlighting!
[Editor’s note: This problem has been “fixed” in InDesign CS5.5: You can now turn off the Highlight Selection Under Selection Tool checkbox in the Interface pane of the Preferences dialog box.]