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  1. InDesign User Guide
  2. Get to know InDesign
    1. Introduction to InDesign
      1. What's New in InDesign
      2. System requirements
      3. Common questions
      4. Use Creative Cloud libraries
    2. Workspace
      1. Workspace basics
      2. Customize your workspace in InDesign
      3. Toolbox
      4. Set preferences
      5. Properties panel
      6. Touch workspace
      7. Default keyboard shortcuts
      8. Document recovery and undo
    3. Generative AI
      1. Text to Image
      2. Generative AI FAQ
  3. Create and layout documents
    1. Documents and pages
      1. Create documents
      2. Work with parent pages
      3. Work with document pages
      4. Set page size, margins, and bleed
      5. Work with files and templates
      6. Convert PDFs to InDesign files in InDesign (Beta)
      7. Create book files
      8. Add basic page numbering
      9. Number pages, chapters, and sections
      10. Convert QuarkXPress and PageMaker documents
      11. Share content
      12. Understand a basic managed-file workflow
      13. Save documents
    2. Grids
      1. Grids
      2. Format grids
    3. Layout aids
      1. Rulers
      2. Align and distribute objects using rulers
      3. Measure objects using the Measure tool
  4. Add content
    1. Text
      1. Add text to frames
      2. Threading text
      3. South-East Asian Scripts
      4. Arabic and Hebrew features in InDesign
      5. Create type on a path
      6. Bullets and numbering
      7. Glyphs and special characters
      8. Text composition
      9. Text variables
      10. Generate QR codes
      11. Edit text
      12. Align text
      13. Wrap text around objects
      14. Anchored objects
      15. Linked content
      16. Format paragraphs
      17. Format characters
    2. Typography
      1. Using fonts in InDesign
      2. Kerning and tracking
    3. Format text
      1. Format text
      2. Auto Style text
      3. Work with Style Packs
      4. Tabs and indents
    4. Review text
      1. Track and review changes
      2. Add editorial notes in InDesign
      3. Import PDF comments
    5. Spell check and language dictionaries
      1. Check spelling, autocorrect, and dynamic spelling
      2. Create, add, and manage dictionaries and words
      3. Change dictionary preferences
      4. Duden dictionary
    6. Add references
      1. Create a table of contents
      2. Footnotes
      3. Create an index
      4. Endnotes
      5. Captions
    7. Styles
      1. Paragraph and character styles
      2. Map, export, and manage styles
      3. Object styles
      4. Drop caps and nested styles
      5. Work with styles
      6. Leading
    8. Tables
      1. Format tables
      2. Create tables
      3. Table and Cell styles
      4. Select and edit tables
      5. Table strokes and fills
    9. Interactivity
      1. Hyperlinks
      2. Dynamic PDF documents
      3. Bookmarks
      4. Buttons
      5. Forms
      6. Animation
      7. Cross-references
      8. Structure PDFs
      9. Page transitions
      10. Movies and sounds
    10. Graphics
      1. Understand paths and shapes
      2. Draw with the Pencil tool
      3. Draw with the Pen tool
      4. Apply line (stroke) settings 
      5. Compound paths and shapes
      6. Edit paths
      7. Clipping paths
      8. Change corner appearance
      9. Frames and objects
      10. Align and distribute objects
      11. Linked and embedded graphics
      12. Integrate AEM assets
    11. Color and transparency
      1. Apply color
      2. Use colors from imported graphics
      3. Work with swatches
      4. Mix inks
      5. Tints
      6. Understand spot and process colors
      7. Blend colors
      8. Gradients
      9. Flatten transparent artwork
      10. Add transparency effects
  5. Find and replace
    1. Find and replace text
    2. Find and replace fonts
    3. Find and replace glyphs
    4. Find and replace using GREP expressions and queries
    5. Find and replace objects
    6. Find and replace colors
    7. Search options to find and replace
  6. Share
    1. Save and access cloud documents
    2. Organize, manage, and share cloud documents
    3. View and manage versions in cloud documents
    4. Common questions about InDesign cloud documents
    5. Share and collaborate        
    6. Share for Review
    7. Review a shared InDesign document
    8. Manage feedback 
  7. Publish
    1. Place, export, and publish
      1. Publish online
      2. Publish online dashboard
      3. Copy, insert graphics
      4. Export content for EPUB
      5. Adobe PDF options
      6. Export content to HTML
      7. Export to Adobe PDF
      8. Export to JPEG format
      9. Export HTML
      10. DPS and AEM Mobile overview
      11. Supported File Formats
      12. Export and import User Settings
    2. Printing
      1. Print booklets
      2. Printer's marks and bleeds
      3. Print documents
      4. Inks, separation, and screen frequency
      5. Overprinting
      6. Create PostScript and EPS files
      7. Preflight files before handoff
      8. Print thumbnails and oversized documents
      9. Prepare PDFs for service providers
      10. Prepare to print separations
  8. Extend InDesign
    1. Automation
      1. Data merge
      2. Plug-ins
      3. Capture extension in InDesign
      4. Scripting
  9. Troubleshooting
    1. Fixed issues
    2. Known issues
    3. Crash on launch
    4. Preference folder read-only issue
    5. Troubleshoot file issues
    6. Unable to export InDesign file to PDF
    7. InDesign document recovery

Learn how to publish, share, and manage InDesign documents online.

The Publish Online feature of InDesign helps you repurpose your print documents by creating their digital version. You can publish and share any InDesign document, from a simple PDF to an interactive document with buttons, slideshows, animation, audio, and video.

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Follow along with any project to learn how to publish InDesign documents online.

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Publish an InDesign document online

  1. Open an InDesign document and select File > Publish Online.

  2. Select the General tab to add the following information:

    • Title: Enter the name of the online document. This is also the browser title of the published output.
    • Description: Enter the description of the online document. You'll view the description in the Publish Online dashboard and on any social media forums.
    • Pages: Select to export All or a Range of pages from the current document.
    • Export As: Select Single or Spread to specify the display settings.
    • Enable Password Protection: By default, password protection is disabled. Toggle on to set a password for your Publish Online document. Only viewers with the password can access the document.

    If you are republishing an existing document, select Update Existing Document and select the appropriate document title from the Choose an existing document to update drop-down list. Change the publish online settings as required. You can even apply password protection to your existing online documents. You can not retrieve passwords for already published documents with password protection enabled. If you have forgotten your document's password, select Reset Password to create a new one.

  3. Select the Advanced tab to add the following information:

    • Cover thumbnail: Select the cover for your published document. When you upload it, this thumbnail is displayed in the Publish Online dialog with the title and description.
      • First Page: Select this if you want to use the first page of the InDesign document as the cover thumbnail.
      • Select Page: Select this if you want to use a specific page of the InDesign document to be used as the cover thumbnail.
      • Upload image: Select an external image as the cover thumbnail.
    • Image Settings: Specify how the images of the documents are to be exported.
      • Format: InDesign decides how the document images should be exported by keeping the best balance between quality and file size. The available options are JPEG, GIF, and PNG.
      • Resolution: Select the resolution of the image.
      • JPEG Image Quality: Select the image quality of the published document. This field is enabled only when the image Format is set to Automatic or JPEG.
      • GIF Options Palette: Select a color palette for optimal rendering. This field is enabled only when the image Format is set to Automatic or GIF
    • Download PDF Settings: Select the appropriate PDF Preset to download the document as a PDF.
    • More Settings:
      • Allow viewers to download the document as a PDF (Print): Select this option to allow users to download your document in PDF print format.
      • Hide the Share and Embed options in the published document: Select this option to hide the Share and Embed options on your published document.
      • Allow viewers to Search and Copy text in the published document: Viewers can search and copy text from the published document. This option is enabled by default with InDesign 18.4 and later. You can search for text within your published documents on any device. However, you can only copy text from published documents on desktops and laptops.
  4. Select the Analytics tab to link your Google Analytics to your published document. You can also check the Enable cookie banner on my document to add a cookie notice.

    Note:

    Documents published from InDesign 19.0 onwards will no longer support integrated analytics from the dashboard. You can integrate Google Analytics to track insights into your documents.

    Analytics for documents published from the previous versions of InDesign will continue to be collected until October 15, 2024, after which no new analytics will be collected.

    You can download the existing analytics collected in InDesign 18.0 or earlier from the Publish Online dashboard.

  5. Select Publish.

    You can select Cancel Upload to stop the upload process or Close to minimize the dialog and continue working on other InDesign documents.

  6. After the document is published, you can View Document, Copy the link, Share it on social networks, or visit the Publish Online Dashboard.

Note:

Use a verified user ID to publish InDesign document. Unverified users will no longer have the ability to publish InDesign documents.

Limitation:

When you embed a password-protected document with multiple pages, you'll need to re-enter the password each time you switch pages using the dropdown menu.

Published document

The published online document provides a number of viewing and sharing options.

   Toggle Thumbnails icon

Show/Hide the thumbnail dock that displays the thumbnails for all the pages in the published output.

    Zoom in icon or

   Zoom out icon

Zoom in or out of the current page.

   Full Screen icon

View the current page in full screen mode.

   Share icon

Opens the Share Publication dialog that provides options to copy the current document URL or share the document on Facebook, Twitter, or by email.

   Download PDF icon

Download the output in the PDF-Print format. Appears only if you've selected Allow viewers to download the document as a PDF (Print) before publishing the document.

   Report Abuse icon

Opens the Report Abuse dialog. This dialog provides the options for the type of abuse and your details.

   More options icon

Select the Embed   icon to copy the code and embed the published document on your website.

Select the Volume   icon to turn it on or off.

   Find in page icon

Select More options   icon > Find in page   icon to search text in a published document. This option is available on touch devices only.

Recently published documents

The Recently Published menu displays the list of the last five documents published.

  1. Go to File > Recently Published to view the recently published documents list.

  2. Select a document to open in your default browser.

Publish online is now more secure!

On using embedded HTML content in InDesign documents, InDesign now supports select websites for publishing these documents online.

Any unsupported HTML content will appear blocked in the published document.

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