Duplicating pages in InDesign - but not at the end of a document
When duplicating pages in Indesign they always appear at the end of the document. We should be able to select where in the document we want the pages to be added, as we do when inserting new pages.
So, 'Duplicate Pages''; "Insert Before/After page XX" etc
Jesse Sloan commented
IT is SO SO SO SO ANOYING!!!!
Let me just say that the whole "ALT-DRAG" so-called solution is HORRRRRRIBLE.
It works so seldom that it is utterly pointless. 99% of the time, alt-drag results in a duplicate page but, where does the duplicate page or spread show up? Yep, you guessed it, AT THE END OF THE DOCUMENT!!!!!!! STUPID, STUPID, STUPID! Did I mention STUPID?!!!!
Duplicate a page or a spread and it goes to the end. Then spend "however long" fidgeting to get the page in the right location. What sort of moron programed this? What sort of idiot supervisor and/or dead-asleep QC saw this and said, "Yep, it's fine." WHY, has this been a problem for YEARS with hundreds of people complaining about and yet Adobe has been silent? RAGE-RAGE-RAGE-RAGE!!!!!!!!!
Doing Alt + drag is okay, but you really need to find the exact "|" line beside the page icon, which could be hit or miss. So not as convenient as Ctrl+J for duplicating layers in PS.
I can alt-drag the page. If you see a + icon next to the cursor, it'll place at the end; if you see a vertical bar, that's where the page will duplicate.
With multiple pages, it won't work, which is weird.
It should be as simple as the Move Pages dialogue, adding an option to duplicate instead of moving.
I have tried unchecking both shuffle options, and various locations when alt-dragging, with no success. I hope there is a fix for this soon.
Mo Ismail commented
1- Uncheck "Allow Document Pages to shuffle"
2- Alt+Click & Drag the page"s"
3- Make sure the plus sign is visible
4- Always works better with me if I place the pages "before" a page rather than "after" a page
Good luck !
Jillian Lee commented
When right-clicking > Duplicate Spread on a page, have it pop up right underneath that page, and not all the way at the end of the document
Jesus, is this real? I have a document of 50 pages. People suggest holding alt and then pressing the page I want to move. But you can't even scroll through the 50 pages, I just see 10 pages max.
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A A commented
On a MAC Option + Drag (until the plus sign shows up) has ALWAYS worked for me. Suddenly in this latest version it doesn't. You can only insert at the end of the document. And "Duplicate Spread" just duplicates it directly to the end of the document... And it assigns whatever master is the last used. So if I'm duplicating a spread with "master A" to the end of the document where the last page is assigned "Master Z" - the duplicated spread also gets assigned to the Z master? That makes sense to you guys? STOP MAKING UPDATES THAT DON'T NEED TO BE MADE! It's infuriating. Just when you think you've got this awful program figured out - the next version doesn't work. FIX IT.
Alt click and drag the spread to the right until you see the +. If you let go when you see the +, the spread will go to the end of your doc. If you keep alt and your mouse pressed and drag back to the left towards the other spreads, you will see little grey lines appear either on the left or right of the spreads depending on how far left or right you go over the spreads. So, you can place a duplicated spread anywhere you want. You can place it before or after any spread. Try it out. It takes like 10 seconds of playing around to see how it works.
למעשה הפתרון שלי זה לשכפל עמוד להחיל עליו נון מאסטר ואז לשכפל כמה שצריך
זה נשאר באותו מקום
As simple as having to do it by default, it makes no sense to duplicate it at the end of the document.
I have tried like 50 different minor different ways to make alt + drag and drop work! It doesn't at all. On the latest version as of right now. And duplicating still jets the page to the end of the document... Honestly... Is this lazy programming or did someone really think this would be beneficial?
hold alt, then click and hold to move the pages to the right; BEFORE you see the plus sign: release. So 'drop' the pages left of the vertical line. Took me a while to figure this out
Various combinations of the tips in the comments do technically work, but it's extremely finicky and difficult. Even though I know it CAN be done, I am still only successful at it about 30% of the time. It's just physically very difficult to drag the mouse around in the precise, mysterious, magical order, over the tiny sliver of vague gray space in the panel that makes this feature work. So it really seems like a UX disaster rather than a complete lack of the feature.
Can't believe I'm still Googling this stupid issue in 2021.
Mark Pierce commented
I don't get why this is still an issue. The default function should be to duplicate in place just like every other program that I have ever worked in. My working files all have 1000+ pages, so duplicating to the last page in a doc is a brutal blow to workflow. It takes a solid minute to duplicate pages and drag them back to the right place. Give us a settings option or something!
I need this too!! duplicating more than one spread is very annoying, it used to work, I used to be able
to duplicate whole sections in a book...
Rayn Gilmore solution worked for me. InDesign 16.1. on mac. Thanks. See here:
Rayn Gilmore commented · October 14, 2020 14:48 · Flag as inappropriate
This works for me (tried it on CC 2015 & 2019). Press Command-Alt (on a Mac), then click and drag the page in the palette to the right until you see the '+' icon, THEN drag it to the left until you see the vertical line. Let go of the mouse button, and the copy should be under the current page.
El Santy commented
It works for me only when I duplicate spread with alt + spread