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Most people, most of the time, want their double-sided facing pages documents to flow in a predictable manner. For example, let's look at the Pages panel here, and I can drag Page 3 up to the left of Page 1. You can see that the whole document reshuffles so that I still have two page facing page spreads. But ever now and then you have different needs. For example, what if you want a three page spread in the middle of a document, or maybe you want to start your document on the left hand page. You can do that, but you need to be tricky about it.
Here is the first trick. I am going to make the first page start on Page 2 instead of Page 1; by selecting it, going to the Pages panel flyout menu and choosing Numbering & Section Options. I will set this to start on Page 2, click OK, and you can see that suddenly my first page is a left hand page. This happens because even number pages are always on the left side, but the rest of the document shuffles to keep the same number of pages per spread. Now, you can turn off this shuffling feature entirely by going to the Pages panel flyout menu and choosing Allow Document Pages To Shuffle. That turns off this check mark, and now the document will no longer shuffle. That is, if I grab this page and put it up next to this spread over here, so that I see that little black arrow. That means put the page right here as part of the spread, and now I have a three page spread. I can grab this page and drag it down here, and I get a three-page spread over here.
So that's one way to get three page spread in the middle of the document while still having the documents start on the left hand page and nothing else is shuffling. But let's go ahead and revert this back to the document it was when we opened. Let's turn Revert on; there we go, back to the original. I want to show you one other way to stop shuffling, but only stop it on individual spreads. The way to do that is select a spread, go to the Pages panel flyout menu and turn off Allow Selected Spread to Shuffle. Now the rest of the document will shuffle as necessary, but this spread will not.
For example, I can grab one page and drag it up into that spread and I have a three page spread, but the rest of the document would shuffle as necessary. Let's go ahead and do the same thing to this spread here, which is now missing a page. I will turn off Allow Selected Spread to Shuffle, and I am going to drag both of these pages: 6 and 7, up here to the left of Page 5. So now I have got a three-page spread over here and another one over here. By the way, some people call these islands; when you have a spread which is not shuffling in the middle of a document which otherwise is. As you can see, turning shuffle pages on and off gives you a lot of flexibility when moving pages around your document, and that's what InDesign is all about, flexibility.
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