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All right, have you ever wanted to create a document where it's just a two-page document or a four-page document and it's a double-page spread at the start? You know what I am talking about? So, I want a left and a right-hand page on a spread. So, let's try to do this in InDesign. It seems like it should be pretty obvious, but it's not how InDesign does things by default. Let's go check it out. Let's create a new document and I want the Number of Pages to be 4, because I want two double-page spreads, so I am going to turn on Facing Pages, which is what creates the left and right-hand spreads with a shared spine down the middle. And I want my Orientation to be tall.
I am going to go ahead and click OK and here's what we end up with by default. Page 1 is always considered a right-hand page by default. So with Facing Pages turned on, with Page 1 being a right-hand page, there is no left-hand page 1. I am going to go ahead and zoom out, Command+minus or Ctrl+minus, so you can actually see all four pages here. And it takes up three spreads. I want just two spreads, with two left and right pages on each. So there's an easy way to a accomplish this. And there is a little bit more complicated way and there's a little bit of nuance to both. So, let's do the easy way first.
Let's simply go to Pages panel and from the flyout menu, at the right-hand corner there, choose Numbering & Section Options. By default, each new document starts at Page 1, Page 1 being a right-hand page. So the trick here is just to start the document page numbering at Page 2. Page 2, by definition is a left-hand page. I'll go ahead and click OK. And I end up, visually, with what I wanted. I have two double-page spreads where I have a left-hand first page. The problem though is that if you do need InDesign to consider this left-hand page as Page 1, you can see we haven't accomplished that.
It is still considered to be Page 2, so it might actually screw up your page numbering if you are using automatic page numbering in InDesign. So, I am going to Undo this. The more complicated way to get the visual look that you wanted and the numeric look that you want, or function that you want, is to do a different technique. You go to the Pages panel. Flyout menu again. This time you turn off Allow Document Pages to Shuffle. It's kind of a weird-named command. Let me go ahead and turn that off. And now I can actually rearrange the pages and change how they are arranged within a spread as well. So, I am going to click on Page 4 and start dragging it.
Then I get a little Page icon, thumbnail cursor. What's really important is to pay attention to the feedback you're getting here. So, if I were to have let go right now - can you guys see? - if you look at the hand on the cursor, there's a little right-pointing arrow. Now, what that's going to do is actually add this page as a double-page spread, but to the right of the spine. So, the thumbnail looks correct, kind of, but if you look at the Layout view, that's not what you wanted. So, we just need to make sure we drop the page on the right location. I am going to go ahead and drag that page again and just pay attention to the cursor.
I have looked for the black line, but I also want that hand cursor arrow to switch to the left and can you see, subtly as I drag left and right, you need to look for that feedback. And so when I have the cursor on the spine, but the arrow pointing in the hand to the left, then I can let go and I get what I wanted. I get left and right pages on each spread and InDesign still thinks that the left-hand page is indeed now Page 1.
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