InDesign Secrets: Moving pages from one document to another with formatting intact

Published by | Thursday, March 29th, 2012


In this week’s free InDesign Secrets tip, David Blatner reveals how simple it is to move pages from one InDesign document to another. Moving entire pages to new documents, formatting and all, can be a very convenient way to create excerpts, variations, and compilations, but this is one of those relatively simple, common desires that can vex you if you don’t know where to look. By accessing one of the three instances of the Move Pages command, or simply dragging-and-dropping from one document window to another, you can quickly move an InDesign page, spread, or entire file to another InDesign document with all formatting intact. Sometimes during this process a common glitch called overset text may occur. In this tutorial, David also shows you how to deal with this glitch by quickly adjusting the baseline preferences.

Meanwhile, David’s partner in InDesign secrecy, Anne-Marie Concepcion, has another handy technique for members of lynda.com called Wrapping bulleted text around a curve. This member-exclusive tutorial shows you how to change the shape of a text frame and use the Bullets and Numbering dialogue box to create a nice arched list with bullets.

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6 Responses to “InDesign Secrets: Moving pages from one document to another with formatting intact”

  1. Viano says:

    Beautiful! I’ve been pondering on how to do this as i want to move some pages from one template to another. Thank you so much for this great free tutorial.

  2. Viano says:

    @Chelsea, thanks for you reply. Yes it was helpful :)

  3. Allegra says:

    Man, so awesome. Saved the day. I’m not a designer but a writer and forced-to-be desktop publisher. I wrote a 150 page book, hired a real designer to design the cover and template the interior pages. We cut a deal where I would learn more how to use the INDCS5 I already had on my PC, flow the text into the template and she would check the final doc, pdf it and would reduce my price. With this website as my go-to professor I’ve been able to learn and save money! Totally awesome. Thanks for being here.

  4. ursonate says:

    this video is private. :(

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