You can use the Pages panel to freely arrange, duplicate, and recombine pages and spreads. Keep the following guidelines in mind when adding, arranging, duplicating, or removing pages within a document:
InDesign preserves the threads between text frames.
InDesign redistributes pages according to how the Allow Document Pages To Shuffle command is set.
An object that spans multiple pages stays with the page on which the object’s bounding box covers the most area.
- As you drag, the vertical bar indicates where the page will appear when you drop it. If the black rectangle or bar touches a spread when Allow Pages to Shuffle is turned off, the page you’re dragging will extend that spread; otherwise, document pages will be redistributed to match the Facing Pages setting in the File > Document Setup dialog box.
Drag the page range numbers under a spread to the New Page button. The new spread appears at the end of the document.
Select a page or spread, and then choose Duplicate Page or Duplicate Spread in the Pages panel menu. The new page or spread appears at the end of the document.
Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) as you drag the page icon or page range numbers under a spread to a new location.
Duplicating a page or spread also duplicates all objects on the page or spread. Text threads from the duplicated spread to other spreads are broken, but all text threads within the duplicated spread remain intact—as do all text threads on the original spread.
When you move or copy a page or spread from one document to another, all of the items on the page or spread, including graphics, links, and text, are copied to the new document. Section markers are preserved. Threaded text frames are also included, but text that is threaded to pages outside the spread does not transfer. If the page or spread you are copying contains styles, layers, or masters with the same names as their counterparts in the destination document, the destination document’s settings are applied to the page or spread.
If you copy a page from a document that has a different size than the document you are copying to, the page and page item positions may not match exactly.
If you want to move or copy a multiple-page spread, deselect Allow Document Pages To Shuffle in the destination document to keep the spread together.
When you copy pages between documents, their associated masters are copied automatically. However, if the new document contains a master with the same name as the master applied to the copied page, the master of the new document is applied to the copied page instead.
Most documents use two-page spreads exclusively. When you add or remove pages before a spread, the pages shuffle by default. However, you may want to keep certain pages in a spread together. For example, you can create gatefold or accordion foldouts by creating a multiple-page spread (also called an island spread) and adding pages to it. By not allowing pages to shuffle, you can ensure that pages are kept in the same spread.
A. One-page spread B. Four-page spread, identified by brackets around page numbers C. Entire two-page spread selected
To keep a single spread together, select a spread in the Pages panel, and then deselect Allow Selected Spread To Shuffle in the Pages panel menu. You can identify an island spread in the Pages panel by the brackets around its page numbers.
To allow the creation of spreads of more than two pages in the entire document and to preserve those spreads when you add, remove, or arrange preceding pages, deselect Allow Document Pages To Shuffle on the Pages panel menu. InDesign will preserve spreads of more than two pages while letting two-page spreads repaginate normally.
You can include up to ten pages in a spread. When you have reached the limit, the black vertical bar will not appear.
You can redistribute a spread’s pages to match the Facing Pages setting in the File > Document Setup dialog box.
If an individual spread has been allowed to shuffle, select the spread, and choose Allow Selected Spread To Shuffle in the Pages panel menu to select it.
If document pages have been allowed to shuffle and you added pages to a spread, choose Allow Document Pages To Shuffle from the Pages panel menu to select it. Click No to redistribute pages. If you click Yes to maintain the multiple-page spreads, brackets surround the numbers on those spreads in the Pages panel, indicating that those spreads are not allowed to shuffle.
Instead of beginning the document with a single page, you can begin your document with a two-page spread.
In some instances, you need to edit rotated content. Instead of turning your head sideways to look at the rotated content, you can rotate the spread view. This option is especially useful for working on rotated calendars and tables.
Rotating the spread view does not affect printing or output.
A. Before rotating spread B. Rotated spread view C. Rotate icon in Pages panel
A rotation icon appears next to the rotated spread in the Pages panel.
Objects you place or create mirror the rotated view. For example, if you create a text frame when the spread view is rotated 90 degrees, the text frame is also rotated. However, objects you paste are not rotated.
When transforming objects, keep in mind that you’re working on a rotated page view. For example, if you’re editing a table on a rotated spread view, changing the “left” side of the table will change what appears to be the top of the table in the rotated view.
Before you output the file or send it to someone else, it’s a good idea to avoid confusion by clearing the spread rotation. Choose View > Rotate Spread > Clear Rotation.
You can define different page sizes for pages within a single document. This feature is especially useful when you want to manage related designs in one file. For example, you can include business card, postcard, letterhead, and envelope pages in the same document. Using multiple page sizes is also useful for creating gate-fold layouts in magazines.
See the video, tutorial on Mixing page sizes with the new Page tool.
A. Magazine page B. Gate-fold page C. Spine page
Use the Page tool to select the master page or layout page you want to resize, and then use the Control panel to change the settings. A page inherits its page size from its master page, but you can change the size of a layout page so that it’s different from the master page applied to it. A master page can be based on another master page of a different size, so that a range of pages of mixed sizes can share the same master content.
To apply a different page size quickly, select the page in the Pages panel, and then choose a page size from the Edit Page Size button .
X and Y values
Change the Y value to determine the vertical position of the page in relation to other pages in the spread.
W and H page size values
Change the width and height of the selected pages. You can also specify a page size preset from the menu. To create a custom page size that appears in this list, choose Custom Page Size from the menu, specify the page size settings, and click OK.
Enable Layout Adjustment
Select this option if you want the objects on the page to be adjusted automatically when the page size changes. See About automatic layout adjustment.
Show Master Page Overlay
Select this option to display a master page overlay on top of any page that is selected with the Page tool.
When you use the Page tool to select a page and turn on the Show Master Page Overlay option, a shaded box appears over the selected page. You can move the master page overlay so that master page items appear in the proper location. The Show Master Page Overlay option is especially useful if the master page and document page have different page sizes.