I discovered today that the end of my long file has text that appears to be in Spanish or Italian. I did not add text to the end. Did this happen because of a virus or hack? Or did I push a button by accident?

  • Sounds like a Latin placeholder. What Scott is saying below. InDesign does not add text by itself, so it must be something you did at some point by accident. Does the text on this page look like the text you're seeing?
    – Lucian
    Dec 4, 2017 at 5:46
  • Yes, it is similar. Latin was my other guess, and I wondered about placeholder text. Thank you for the link, and now I feel better. Thanks for the help so quickly! Dec 4, 2017 at 6:07
  • I edited the question, and please note that I accepted an answer on December 4th. I would appreciate it if you could take off the "on hold" for this question. Thank you, and I also thank Scott and Lucian for helping. Dec 9, 2017 at 5:55

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Guessing: Lorem Ipsum text (Latin) which can be inserted by choosing Type > Insert Placeholder Text

You most probably mistakenly hit that menu item while working.

  • Thank you for your answer. I might have hit the shortcut keys and the text was added. Dec 4, 2017 at 6:06
  • There is no shortcut key I discovered, but I probably did hit it since it was close to the "Show Hidden Characters" button that I use all the time. Thanks for helping so quickly! Dec 4, 2017 at 6:12

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