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.
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.
It can definetely help! when exporting only a portion of a big file for example...
I know we can do it by typing which pages we want to export but in that case the page numbers are not accurate anymore..
Why is this not a thing? We ALL need to be able to hide a page without deleting for a multitude of reasons (just like in power point). PLEASE add this function soon.
Matthew Stebenne commented
Yes please!! Thinking of how I operate in Powerpoint. Especially for exporting specific piece of a document.
2020 and still missing? I need this!!
we totally miss this function
can't believe there is no "disable/hide page" function yet. this is annoying.
This is a must feature, please add it:)
Please allow the temporary hiding of pages!
I have a document that I need to customize individually for different clients. I would love to be able to hide pages that certain clients do not need to see. Not being able to show / hide individual pages is awful.
OMG! i can't believe it's not there. I came here to learn where can I find it.