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InDesign: Working with Pages
Version: Adobe InDesign 2020. Be aware that different versions of InDesign will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guide: View/Download
Some types of projects, such as books or multiple-page PDFs, require additional pages. Other projects, such as flyers, may only require one page. Basic page controls are listed below:
- To access pages, click to open the Pages panel to the right of the interface (if it isn’t an option, navigate to Window > Pages).
- To add a new page, click the New Page button to the bottom of the Pages panel.
- To re-order pages, click-and-drag them up-or-down the list of pages.
- To delete a page, open the Pages panel, select the page, and click the trash can icon.
Master pages are templates that can be used to keep certain aspect of a document, such as footers and pages numbers, consistent across pages. Using master pages can save a lot of time and energy, especially for multi-page documents. Master Pages are located above regular pages in the Pages panel and every document has one master page by default (“A-Master”).
To use and apply master pages:
- Navigate to the Pages panel.
- Double-click a master page from the top of the panel. “A-Master” is available by default.
- Add elements, such as text and images, as desired.
- Right-click within the Pages panel and select “Apply Master to Pages...” from the pop-up. A new window will appear.
- Use the drop-downs to select the desired master page, as well as the page to apply it to. Select “All” to apply it to every page.
- To clear a master page, select “None” as the master.
Elements that come from a master page will appear with dotted frames.
To add page numbers (requires using and modifying a Master page):
- Insert a text frame onto a master page.
- Navigate to Type > Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number. An “A” will appear in the frame, which is a placeholder.
- Format as desired in the Options bar.
- Apply master to pages as described above.
- Right-click the first page that numbering should start in the Pages panel, and select “Numbering & Section Options”. The first page of a document isn’t always the first page for numbering, such as a cover/title page.
- Select the “Start page numbering at” option.
- When done, click OK.
To remove a number from a page, such as the cover/title, a master page without a page number text frame must be applied.
- InDesign: Information
- InDesign: Interface Overview
- InDesign: Creating a New Document
- InDesign: Working with Pages
- InDesign: Using Guides
- InDesign: Layering & Object Arrangement
- InDesign: Using Text
- InDesign: Text Wrap
- InDesign: Text on a Path or Shape
- InDesign: Using Images
- InDesign: Drawing Shapes
- InDesign: Applying Color
- InDesign: Applying Gradients
- InDesign: Applying Effects
- InDesign: Errors & Troubleshooting
- InDesign: Saving, Exporting & Transporting Projects