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I created a text frame with 3 columns on a blank page and the column guides are visible only when the text frame is selected. I couldn't find anything in "View" manu and "Text Frame" panel to check/uncheck anything that will make them visible. Any sugestions?

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Some possibilities:

  1. View > Show Text Flow. That will show all text frames, all the time (including whether they have overflowing text), and when one is active will show how it flows to other text frames.
    or
  2. Setup column guides for the page itself, and then use View > Show Column Guides. View > Guides Manager will let you configure those page column guides.

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5 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

Some possibilities:

  1. View > Show Text Flow. That will show all text frames, all the time (including whether they have overflowing text), and when one is active will show how it flows to other text frames.
    or
  2. Setup column guides for the page itself, and then use View > Show Column Guides. View > Guides Manager will let you configure those page column guides.

1. This is partially helpful because it shows frame text linking arrows which I don't need. What I need is column guides only.

2a. Show column guides was already checked but it didn't help.

2b. Guides Manager does not help either. There you can set page guides, not text frame ones.

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39 minutes ago, NNN said:

I created a text frame with 3 columns on a blank page and the column guides are visible only when the text frame is selected. I couldn't find anything in "View" manu and "Text Frame" panel to check/uncheck anything that will make them visible. Any sugestions?

Column guides means the 3 columns in the Text Frame, right? Or does it mean the Column Guides you'll have on a page? Here I see them both, the Column Guides on the Master Page are applied to the pages and are solid teal coloured. You may have chosen a colour too light to be seen and have it set to Outline instead of Solid. 

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I have never mastered color management, period, so I cannot help with that.

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4 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

Column guides means the 3 columns in the Text Frame, right?

Yes, in the text frame. I create the text frame directly on the working page, not via master page. In this case I don't want to use master pages.

5 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

You may have chosen a colour too light to be seen and have it set to Outline instead of Solid. 

I didn't assigned any color. Everything is default and I still can't see the column guides.

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7 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

Here I see them both

I believe you are seeing the text frame column guides because you have View > Show Text Flow enabled. Without it, that frame would be invisible.

33 minutes ago, NNN said:

1. This is partially helpful because it shows frame text linking arrows which I don't need. What I need is column guides only.

Then ignore that part. View > Show Text Flow is how you see the text frames that are not active.

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2 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

I believe you are seeing the text frame column guides because you have View > Show Text Flow enabled. Without it, that frame would be invisible.

Well I will be...

I have Show text flow enabled all the time so I never noticed this. Kind of silly in my opinion.

Mac Pro (Late 2013) Mac OS 12.7.2 
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I have never mastered color management, period, so I cannot help with that.

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8 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

Then ignore that part. View > Show Text Flow is how you see the text frames that are not active.

So, they can't be seen without text flow arrows. OK then. That it is. Thanks.

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32” LG 32UN650-W display 3840 x 2160 UHD, IPS, HDR10 Color Gamut: DCI-P3 95%, Color Calibrated 2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
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You're welcome.

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    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
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