Hiding Pages in a Document
It would be helpful to hide pages in a way similar to hiding columns in Excel. I don't want the information gone, I just need to minimize it so I can focus on the specific pages I need. Accessing this action via a right click in the pages menu would be ideal.
Thank you for your inputs.
From the comments, I gather that the primary need for this feature arises when we want avoid exporting of “hidden” pages while keeping the pages visible in the document.
Are there other scenarios as well wherein this feature can help your workflows? If yes, please help us understand such workflows.
This would be a very useful feature for me too as I often duplicate and play around with the information on a page several times and like to keep the previous versions too.
It would be really helpful when designing alternate layouts, or managing spreads that might not make it to the final product.
The alternative y saving different versions of the same document, which is cumbersome and implies that any further changes must be made again in each document.
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It would be really helpful to be able to hide pages if you've done several variations of a certain layout and don't want to delete the ones you're not using in case you do go back to them.
This feature would be very helpful for when I've designed a spread that may not make the final document. Sometimes I'm asked to eliminate pages where we don't have all of the text ready in time for publication, only to have to add them back later. It'd be helpful if these pages could be "hidden" so they don't export and are skipped for page numbering, but could be easily "unhidden" so the layout isn't lost if they're re-added later.
+1 Should be similar to PowerPoint, where you can right click to hide a slide and it will be faded down though still be visible.
So there is no solution to hide pages as of February 5th 2021? Thank you. I wish there was.
This would be such a helpful and time saving feature! I want to hide pages from certain contributors to a newsletter if they aren't adding anything for that issue, but not lose all the formatting that went into creating a specific layout for them. Please add it!
This feature is so necessary and would be an essencial addition to all the other suggestions in this topic.
Yes! This would be extremely helpful (similar to Keynote functionality). Please add a "Hide Pages" feature! I like the idea that the page numbering would adjust accordingly. It would allow me to try out different layouts more easily.
I'd like this too. Here's an example: You're working on a document for a client and you're including information that they might not need yet. You've already designed the pages and don't want to delete them or create another ID file. It would be easier to just hide them and have the page numbers automatically adjust as if you've deleted the page, but it's still hidden. Lovely!
I can think of a couple of scenarios that may have differing approaches:
1. Revising long or legacy documents, it could be useful to hide all pages that are not subject to editing. Hide pages to simplify navigation and avoid accidental edits.
2. Versioning a document where not all pages are included in all versions. Document has page 16a-d, where the rest of the document is the same but that page (or range) differs per export (e.g. catalog or sell sheet with a featured product and a common section featuring the full line).
3. Related, but it might also be nice to have version control where a page or range can be hidden/locked with attached documentation following client sign-off.
I create investor decks in InDesign, and I want to be able to hide pages so that they are not exported in this specific version, but I can still access them in later projects when needed. These decks largely share the same format with a few key edits, so having them on one document that can have pages hidden/shown easily would be very helpful.
Totally agree. Similar to Keynote also. I explore a lot of ideas in InDesign and want to prioritize layouts that I like the most and the ones I don't think I like, which for the latter I would like to hide so that the ideas are not gone but my document is a lot more organized and de-cluttered.
Luiz H commented
Hi, I work with sales, and as our stocks fluctuates I need to remove items pages from the documents. This gets really confusing at times when too many products go back to sale and I have to import the pages back.
Reason for using is sometimes you are working on a page or an idea and you do not necessarily want it removed especially when exporting but want to keep the idea for another workflow.
I try using exporting by range...but it is not effective cause the numbering is now a problem if i exclude the numbered page.
This would be extremely useful. I quite often work on brand guidelines and there are regularly pages that are not complete or are in the process of being added – these pages would benefit from being hidden rather than removed as they will be added in at a later date. We have to keep an updated version of the guidelines published so being able to hide those sections you don't currently need when exporting would be ideal.
Please add this feature!
I just needed the same feature. Both for hiding in pages in the project, since I usually use Indesign to present during meetings, and also for exporting to say pdf.
I would think this would be useful for project development. I'm sure everyone has had an indecisive client who keeps wanting to add/remove/add/waffle/revise/remove/add back from the second draft? It would be nice to be able to hide pages vs deleting and having to copy back from a previous version. Also, long documents that may have multiple versions or editions (for example, revising a textbook where only Chapters 3, 7, 8, and 15 have changes; book would be better, but I've seen some a single document). Being able to hide everything that is not an active edit to speed navigation would be nice (page up/down or next page only goes to active pages).
I felt the need for this while designing a 150 page portfolio for my visa application, split by clients then by projects in a repeating series of template (using Master pages):
Here's a rough example of my Master pages:
. Being able to HIDE or SOLO certain pages, based on their Master, would've been such a huge help when making sure things are cohesive across the entire book.
For example soloing all [PROJ CONTENT] would've let me see all the title pages back to back, seamlessly working on all of those pages as a whole. These pages featured a full bleed photo, specific to each project. So seeing them all back to back as a story facilitates a better design.
Specially after working a lot in Lightroom, which has such great filtering functions that facilitate the process of CURATION. I couldn't believe it wasn't a feature in inDesign.
Thanks for reading!
I can see how hiding pages can work for bi-lingual Brochures, which are identical layouts, but only text changes. Also exporting / print/ publish only visible pages would be very useful
Basically the functions for layers applied to pages.