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Inserting, deleting, and moving pages

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Video: Inserting, deleting, and moving pages

You can use InDesign to design anything, from a one-sided business card to a book thousands of pages long. But as soon as you go beyond that business card, you're going to need to learn how to manage your pages, adding pages, moving them around, deleting them, and so on. That's what we're going to cover here. All of InDesign's page features show up in two places, the Pages submenu underneath the Layout menu and also the Pages panel. But the Pages panel has everything from the menu, plus a lot more. So let's focus on the panel. The very first thing I'm going to change in my Pages panel is the Layout, the configuration.

Inserting, deleting, and moving pages

You can use InDesign to design anything, from a one-sided business card to a book thousands of pages long. But as soon as you go beyond that business card, you're going to need to learn how to manage your pages, adding pages, moving them around, deleting them, and so on. That's what we're going to cover here. All of InDesign's page features show up in two places, the Pages submenu underneath the Layout menu and also the Pages panel. But the Pages panel has everything from the menu, plus a lot more. So let's focus on the panel. The very first thing I'm going to change in my Pages panel is the Layout, the configuration.

Because currently it shows each spread one on top of the other. It's not a very good use of screen real estate. I would rather go to the Pages panel flyout menu, choose View Pages and choose Horizontally. Horizontally is a much better use of space. So I like it more. But you can do it either way you want. I'm going to pan up to the top of this page, the first spread by using Option+Spacebar or Alt+Spacebar, just so I can see what I'm doing here a little bit better. And I'm going to add a new page. There's a new page button, Create new page down here at the bottom of the Pages panel, and if you click that it'll add a single new page after whatever is selected in the Pages panel.

Right now, both pages 20 and 21 are selected. So if I add a new page, it'll add a new page after that spread. All the other pages in the document shuffle, so that they stay in two-page spreads. Now page 22 is selected. That's the new page that I just added, and I can click again to add a second page on that spread. However, if I knew that I wanted two pages to start with, I probably should've used the Insert Pages feature. I can get that from the Pages panel flyout menu, Insert Pages, or little shortcut Option+Click or Alt+Click on the New Pages button.

Option+Click or Alt+Click on Pages button then up comes the Insert Pages dialog box and I can say exactly how many pages I want to add, and where I want to put them. Perhaps I want to put one page right after page 20. No problem, click OK and it adds a new page after page 20. Another way to get a new page in InDesign is to duplicate one of the pages you already have. I find this very useful when I'm laying out pages quickly, because often, I have a page that looks approximately like what I want, but I need to make a few changes. So I'll just duplicate the one that I have.

I'll hold down the Option Key or Alt Key on Windows and drag. In this case, I want a duplicate of both of these pages, pages 22 and 23. So I'll click on the page numbers at the bottom, that selects both the pages, and then I'll hold down Option or Alt and drag, until I see a black line appear. That means put it here after the spread, and when I let go, I get a duplicate of that spread right where I wanted it. Of course the pages in this Pages panel act kind of like a slide tray, if you've a bunch of images or slides in a tray, you can move them around anywhere you want.

So if I want this spread to be someplace else, I simply click it and drag it and move it to where I want it to be, and all the pages reflow. There's another way to move pages too, and that is to select Move Pages from the Pages panel flyout menu. I'll choose Move Pages and now I can specify exactly which pages I want to move and where I want to move them to. For example, I might want to move pages 23 and 24 to later, after page 25. I can choose After a specific Page, Before the Page or at the beginning or end of the document.

Click OK, and you can see that those pages got moved, and again all the pages reflowed to take their place. Finally, sometimes you find you need to delete pages, and you can do that in the Pages panel too. I'll select this second page of the document, and I want to grab these other blank pages I have. So I'm going to hold down the Command Key or the Ctrl Key and click on them. The Command+Click or Ctrl+Click, means select discontinuous pages. That means pages that are not next to each other. If you hold down the Shift Key, you can actually select continuous pages, a range of pages.

For example, I'll select page 20, and then I'll Shift+Click on page 29 and I'll get all of the pages in between. But in this case, I don't want that, so let me click out here where there's no pages and then once again click on the first one, and then Command+Click or Ctrl+Click on these other blank pages, and then to delete them I click on the trashcan. It warns me, Are you sure you want to delete those? Yes, I do. Click OK and now they're all gone. Now remember, that even though these are called pages, and this is the Pages panel, it doesn't necessarily mean Print Pages.

A page in InDesign could also be what you see on a screen, like a slide presentation or a magazine on a tablet. A page, is a page, is a page.

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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

113 video lessons · 81630 viewers

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. What is InDesign?
      1m 23s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  3. 21m 19s
    1. Getting started
      3m 33s
    2. Adding or editing text
      3m 23s
    3. Adding or replacing graphics
      4m 31s
    4. Moving objects around
      4m 55s
    5. Printing and creating a PDF
      4m 57s
  4. 26m 6s
    1. Exploring the application window
      6m 25s
    2. Navigating and magnifying pages and objects
      6m 24s
    3. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 35s
    4. Working with panels
      3m 58s
    5. Setting the view quality of artwork
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting view and preview settings
      4m 13s
  5. 27m 52s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 39s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      4m 2s
    3. Saving for CS4 and CS5 with IDML
      2m 24s
    4. Setting the margin and column guides
      4m 29s
    5. Putting ruler guides on the page
      5m 7s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 11s
  6. 23m 37s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      4m 32s
    2. Changing page size
      4m 38s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 18s
    4. Overriding master page items
      2m 43s
    5. Adding page numbering
      2m 22s
    6. Changing page numbering with sections
      4m 4s
  7. 52m 47s
    1. Understanding text frames
      3m 38s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 48s
    3. Inserting special characters
      4m 1s
    4. Importing text
      3m 47s
    5. Threading text frames
      3m 12s
    6. Setting text frame columns
      4m 31s
    7. Setting text inset and vertical justification options
      3m 48s
    8. Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
      4m 5s
    9. Putting text on a path
      5m 50s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      5m 10s
    11. Checking spelling
      5m 12s
    12. Using Find/Change
      4m 45s
  8. 28m 19s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 20s
    2. Using the Links panel
      7m 17s
    3. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 10s
    4. Fitting graphics to the frame
      5m 1s
    5. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 31s
  9. 35m 49s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 2s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      5m 6s
    3. Colorizing images
      1m 59s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 4s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      3m 33s
    6. Using other transparency effects
      5m 15s
    7. Copying and formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 59s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 51s
  10. 18m 34s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors
      5m 46s
    3. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 53s
    4. Applying gradients
      4m 22s
  11. 15m 27s
    1. Editing frame and path shapes
      5m 8s
    2. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      4m 8s
    3. Making polygons and starbursts
      1m 59s
    4. Creating text outlines
      4m 12s
  12. 37m 56s
    1. Positioning objects with the Gap tool
      3m 54s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 5s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      5m 27s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 33s
    5. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 10s
    6. Nesting objects
      3m 23s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 20s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      5m 51s
    9. Using anchored objects
      6m 13s
  13. 26m 16s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 37s
    2. Collecting, conveying, and placing content
      8m 58s
    3. Rotating objects
      2m 22s
    4. Scaling objects
      4m 21s
    5. Skewing objects
      1m 8s
    6. Mirroring objects
      3m 50s
  14. 24m 19s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 31s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 28s
    3. Changing case
      3m 23s
    4. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      5m 3s
    5. Using Find Font
      3m 54s
  15. 32m 51s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 4s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      2m 10s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      1m 52s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 26s
    5. Setting tabs
      7m 36s
    6. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 23s
    7. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 10s
    8. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 10s
  16. 19m 47s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 10s
    2. Using character styles
      4m 45s
    3. Editing and redefining styles
      2m 20s
    4. Using object styles
      2m 47s
    5. Applying styles with Quick Apply
      3m 45s
  17. 39m 59s
    1. Creating a table
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 36s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      3m 0s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 32s
    5. Formatting cells
      6m 2s
    6. Applying table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 1s
    8. Importing Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 46s
  18. 16m 45s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      7m 27s
    2. Creating "continued on..." jump lines
      3m 51s
    3. Constructing a table of contents (TOC)
      5m 27s
  19. 23m 8s
    1. Exporting EPUBs
      6m 12s
    2. Creating an interactive PDF
      12m 49s
    3. Building a Flash SWF
      4m 7s
  20. 28m 1s
    1. Checking a document with the Preflight panel
      5m 26s
    2. Packaging for output
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      4m 52s
    4. Printing a small booklet
      2m 46s
    5. Exporting a PDF
      7m 56s
    6. Exporting text
      3m 27s
  21. 1m 25s
    1. Next steps
      1m 25s

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