The DesignMerge Links have disappeared from my InDesign document!

If you cannot see the DesignMerge Links in a document, please check the following: 

(1) Either the DesignMerge software or the DesignMerge Tag Display Module must be installed to see DesignMerge Links. The DesignMerge Tag Display Module is a free module available to any who do not have DesignMerge installed but would like to be able to see the DesignMerge Links that are in a document. For more details about the Tag Display Module, see the "How do I install the Meadows Tag Display software?" Knowledgebase article (

(2) Open the InDesign "View" menu and confirm the view is not set to "Overprint Preview" and that "Screen Mode" is set to "Normal". 

(3) To show DesignMerge Text Links: Open the "DesignMerge" menu and select "View" to confirm you have set DesignMerge to "Show Variable Links". To show DesignMerge Picture Links and Box Links: Open the InDesign "View" menu to confirm you have set InDesign to "Show Frame Edges".

(4) Finally, please note that exporting a document to the "InDesign Markup (IDML)" format will automatically remove all of the DesignMerge Links and information that were in the document. This can be avoided by using the DesignMerge Tag Converter Utility on the document before exporting it. For more information about this DesignMerge utility, see the "About the DesignMerge Tag Converter Utility for Adobe InDesign" Knowledgebase article (