I received an Indesign document I need to work on. There is a line on the same layer as the text that I cannot delete:

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The line stays in the same place within the text box and does not flow with the text.

I have checked for: - paragraph rules - paragraph borders - underline - locked objects - master pages

What could this be? How can I delete it?

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    Please show the entire page, in outline mode. We can’t make proper suggestions based on only a small part of the page. Apr 15, 2018 at 18:23
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    For example: looking purely at its length, thickness, and awkward location (flush to the text at the top) this could very well be the line above a footnote, with its default settings. But we cannot see that because you cropped the image a bit too enthusiastic.
    – Jongware
    Apr 15, 2018 at 18:50
  • @usr2564301 That was what I thought too at first, but it looks like the text frame ends at the line; a footnote would be inside the frame too. Apr 15, 2018 at 23:14
  • Ok, I added the whole page.
    – rachel1
    Apr 16, 2018 at 0:05

2 Answers 2


Objects in InDesign are either:

  • A) Part of text
  • B) Separate elements unrelated to text

Determine which and adjust accordingly.

If you are unsure, it merely takes some deductive reasoning to determine where the object is.....

  • Delete the text, is the element still there
    • YES: Then it's not part of the text formatting
    • NO: Then the element has been implemented via text formatting
  • (undo the deletion)

If the object is not part of the text formatting, check layers. It's possible to have elements on various layers. Check for locked objects and locked Layers. It's possible lock objects in Indesign. Check Master Pages. Objects can be on master pages and not appear selectable on document pages.

If the object is part of the text formatting, then check paragraph rules, styles, etc.

No one here can blankety state how that element was created without examining the Indesign file.


It seems like a footnote line. Check the text for footnotes and the footnote options (layout configuration), under Text menu.

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