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Old 06-04-2007, 03:56 AM   #1
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Default 2-page view in InDesign??

Hi All,

Newbie here. I have a 2-page document in InDesign and it would be really helpful if I could view both pages side by side for editing, but I just can't work out how to do it. BTW I am working on a PC, not a Mac.

I have played with the navigator palette, I have tried View: Fit spread in Window, and View: Entire Pasteboard. I have explored Window: Page palette, Window: Arrange, I have also tried Layout: pages, but I always end up with page 1 displaying above page 2, and not next to it.

Is there a way to do this?

Any constructive advice welcome.

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Old 06-04-2007, 04:56 AM   #2
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The easiest way to make a spread is to ensure that the page numbers start with an even number. You can add a blank page 1 or just start numbering at 2.
Make sure that Facing Pages is selected in the Document Setup.
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:08 AM   #3
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Thanks Benwiggy, I will give that a try later today.

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Old 06-04-2007, 06:39 AM   #4
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… but I always end up with page 1 displaying above page 2, and not next to it.
I believe you always will, since it is a convention of publishing that odd-numbered pages are on the right. So what you see is right-hand page 1, then the first spread.

If you get to page 3, you should be able to see 2 and 3 together (and 4 and 5, etc.).

   
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Thanks ktinkel.

I find this inflexibility surprising given all the amazingthings that InDesign can do. Even M$ Word (...can I say that on here...?) can do this simple trick, and after all, aren't 2-page brochures rather common?

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Old 06-04-2007, 04:14 PM   #6
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I find this inflexibility surprising given all the amazingthings that InDesign can do.
It's not inflexibility as much as default behavior. Go to the menu on the Pages panel and turn off Allow Pages to Shuffle and then you can drag page 2 and place it next to page 1.

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Thanks Shane,

I will give that a try later.

Good on yer.

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Old 06-05-2007, 06:44 AM   #8
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I find this inflexibility surprising given all the amazing things that InDesign can do. Even M$ Word (...can I say that on here...?) can do this simple trick, and after all, aren't 2-page brochures rather common?
Sure, but even a two-page brochure is unlikely to have page 1 (the cover?) right next to page 2 (it is usually on the back).

Anyway, ID is not inflexible — you can change it. But it is the default because so many printed things have fronts and backs. A two-page spread is actually the back of one sheet and the front of another (or something like that, depending on the design).

   
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