Based on your questions, it sounds as if there's something or some
things wrong in your template. If I were you, I'd think about creating
a new, clean template and applying it to any of your files/books that
have the symptoms you're asking about. It sounds as if you're building
stuff on what amounts to a flawed foundation, which isn't good.

* The "not visible" frame could be on a layer under another frame --
mostly likely the result of modifying master pages or adding frames

* There isn't a program default setting for page connections; it's on
a file by file, or template basis. So disconnected pages aren't the
default setting, except in your particular files. Autoconnect -- a
checkbox on your Master Page's text frame property sheet -- is the
setting in all the Frame templates and in most cases should always be

* You should so rarely have to add a Disconnected page that you should
need to look up the procedure... For almost all books in all
situations, you want autoconnected pages.

* Text frames cannot be nested. You may have a text frame that
contains an anchored frame, and _that_ may contain a text frame. Or
you may have text frames on different layers. But you don't have
nested ones.

* The only reason that rows wouldn't be added to a table is if youv'e
broken the automatic flow connection. If it's turned on, the rows and
pages are added automatically.



Art Campbell
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On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 3:15 PM, Deirdre Reagan
<deirdre.reagan at> wrote:
> Hi all:
> FM 8.0, Windows XP.
> A specific question here, but feel free to philosophize about the
> nature of disconnected and connected pages in general.  I'm happy to
> learn.
> In my document, when I attempt to connect two text frames, I get a
> message that says "Ok to use a text frame that isn't visible?"
> What does that message mean?
> How would I find a text frame that isn't visible?  Why would I ever
> use a text frame that isn't visible?
> Why does FM use disconnected pages as the default?
> How come sometimes when I add a disconnected page, one of my figures
> jumps to the end of the document and the table ends up split between
> two other figures?
> Can a text frame within a text frame be connected to the text frame
> it's within? (I'm using white text to force a TOC entry -- the text
> frame is usually on its own page, but not in this case, so I cut and
> pasted the text frame into another text frame -- I guess I could have
> just typed the white text into the existing text frame.  I didn't
> think of that until right now.  Anyhow, I'd still like to know.)
> How come sometimes when I add rows to my table, FM automatically adds
> a new page, but other times, the new rows disappear until I add a page
> and connect it to the table page?  Does it have anything to do with
> using Left / Right Master pages versus Custom Left and Custom Right
> master pages?
> I could go on, but I imagine you all have jobs you need to do.
> Sprightly yours,
> Deirdre
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