Learn the basics of working with pages in Adobe InDesign CC, including how to navigate, create, and edit pages and master pages, set up column guides, and more.

Discover how to navigate between pages in a document using the Pages panel and other methods


What you learned: Navigate between pages

  • InDesign documents can contain a large number of pages and either be facing or nonfacing. Facing page documents are two or more pages next to each other, as in a book or magazine layout. Examples of nonfacing page documents are a business card or flyer, for instance.
  • When you create a document (File > New), you set a document as facing or nonfacing. You can change these settings later.
  • In the Pages panel (Window > Pages), you can view, navigate, add, and edit pages in the current document. To navigate to a specific page, double-click the page thumbnail.
  • In the Status bar below the document you can also navigate between the pages by choosing a page number.

Create and edit pages

Add and edit pages in a document using the Pages panel


What you learned: Create, edit, and organize pages

  • To create a new page, open the Pages panel (Window > Pages) and click the Create New Page button. The new page is added after the currently selected page. To delete a selected page or pages, click the Delete Selected Pages button (trashcan) at the bottom of the Pages panel. 
  • Pages in InDesign can be different sizes or orientations. With a page selected, you can choose a different page size from the Edit Page Size menu at the bottom of the Pages panel. 
  • Pages can be reordered in the document by dragging the page thumbnail in the Pages panel.

Use a master page

Discover what a master page is and add content to the default master


What you learned: Add content to the master page

  • A master page is like a document template — any object placed on a master page appears automatically on pages that are based on that master page. This is useful for creating consistent elements such as page numbers, logos, or placeholder frames. Each document can have multiple master pages.
  • In the Pages panel (Window > Pages), masters are on top and pages are on the bottom. The letter A on each page thumbnail indicates that the default master page, named “A-Master,” is applied to that page.
  • To add content to a master page, double-click a master page name (such as A-Master) or thumbnail in the Pages panel.
  • A master page can be applied to a page by dragging the master thumbnail onto the page thumbnail. The None master page can be used for a page that is different from all others, like the cover of a book.
  • A master item cannot be selected on a document page unless the master item is overridden.

Set margins and columns

Change margin and column guides on your pages for framing where content will go


What you learned: Add columns and set margins

  • Margins and columns are nonprinting guides that can be set for pages and spreads and, for instance, can be used to frame where columns of text or content may go.
  • To change margin and column settings for a page, make sure to select a spread or page in the Pages panel. Choose Layout > Margins and Columns, specify options, and click OK. Select Enable Layout Adjustment in the Margins and Columns dialog box to adjust applicable content.
  • When you change the column and margin settings on a master page, you change the setting for all pages that the master is applied to.
  • Changing the columns and margins of pages selected in the Pages panel affects only the selected pages.


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Presenter: Brian Wood

Designer: Martin Hoang