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 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.
Derek S. commented
Two common cases:
1) Storing alternate versions of layouts that use the same assets
2) Presentations where an appendix, or other layouts, can be toggled on/off depending on the need, similar to how one can hide/show slides in a keynote program.
Hannah Babb commented
Yes! I love this idea. I frequently have indecisive clients who want to go back and forth with changes - or perhaps I'm experimenting with a few layouts. I don't want to lose it, but I don't want to ruin my pagination or flow.
Viacheslav Horobchenko commented
When one works with a book, the pages of the active file are displayed as usual, and the files before and after the active file should be displayed in the pages panel and even in the spread window, but be "hidden" for corrections and printing.
One will see that the previous and subsequent documents start on the correct page.
Another example: the user makes any pages inactive when everything is correct on them (and editing other pages does not affect their content). They can be displayed or hidden to avoid distraction.
It is also possible to display only specific pages, for example, the beginning of each section.
No... thats not it.
We want nested pages that can be unfolded on demand... sort of like the “more...” function on webpages, where you click to unfold.
So the document appears shorter to begin with but in reality its several pages longer.
Dynamic pdf length if you wish.
Good question. Should they still appear when scrolling or not? I think, pages hidden in the PAGES panel should also be hidden from the pasteboard view.
Franck Payen commented
I made a corresponding request later the same year, and think they could merge :
Hide/Filter pages in pages panel AND navigation
I got myself in a workflow where I would have a document having sections organised like that : title page / content page / title page / content page…
I have to go back and forth between the content pages, and sometimes between the title pages.
That helps to compare what has changed and what’s consistent between the pages.
So I try to not distract my eye by either going to the pages panel or by ctrl-page up with the « title pages » interruption (think about the (now long gone) photoshop cmd-Z to undo/redo and spot differences.
If Title pages are T1 T2 T3 and Content pages are C1 C2 C3, they’d be « distributed » in the document as : T1 C1 T2 C2 T3 C3…
I could assign labels to the master pages and would filter the visible pages « all red pages » then my navigation would jump only to the « visible » pages in the panel. They could be either really hidden, or may be grayed out.
Don’t forget an indicator in the pages panel that some pages are missing.
On some documents, it could be used as a « progress » indicator : the fewer pages in your pages panel -> the closest the end of the work/day.