Have you noticed that sometimes the choices of formats for exporting out of InDesign are totally different than others? The first time I needed to provide text from an existing brochure to a client, in order for her to make changes, I was quite disappointed when I went to File > Export and there were no “”text” formats available in the dialog window. This couldn’t be!
That’s when I discovered that the choices for Export are contextual. If you don’t have a blinking I-beam in a Text Frame, no text formats are available for Export. When you think about it, this makes total sense. InDesign will only Export the text in one Story (all linked Text Frames) at a time. Without a Frame selected, InDesign doesn’t know which Story to Export, so text formats are not available.
Tip provided by Jeff Witchel, Certified Adobe® Training Provider.