The Disappearing Text Bug is a common glitch in Scratch that first appeared with version 1.3. The Scratch Team is currently unable to fix the glitch, causing many users to share their problems so a connection can be found.

How it appears Edit

The glitch appears when Squeak's memory begins to run low. This can happen when a project contains extremely large scripts or large sound files. Programs running outside of Scratch can have an effect as well.

What it does Edit

Once the glitch arrives, text in thumbnail images, block names, buttons, and more vanishes. The order of disappearances is random, but is usually caused by attempts to edit or move possible victims of the glitch.

Fixing itEdit

The most common method of bringing the text back is to do the following:

  • Save the project
  • Exit Scratch
  • Load the project. All text will be restored, except for those inside costumes or backgrounds.
  • Enter the Paint Editor by clicking the Edit button on each costume/background. Do not alter the image - simply click OK and move on. Occasionally, "editing" a few costumes, saving, and reopening the project can work.

All text will be restored, but this method takes time if the project contains many items of text.


The glitch cannot be completely avoided, but it is possible to lower the chance of it appearing.

The following can be done:

  1. Use no or little text in costumes/backgrounds - simply paint the text with the required tools.
  2. Save the project often if you're writing a large amount of text.

The above will lower the chance or reduce the impact of the glitch. but will not stop it completely.