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
This trick does work, but not as explained below. For me, it works when I select both pages in the spread, then click 'alt' (not cmd), go the right until the black bar appears and then drop it. Version 15.1.2.
Rayn Gilmore commented
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.
Yeah, the fact that this still doesn't exist is such a user experience fail... Google Slides does it right.
WHY WHY WHY was this removed??? Absolutely need this why do i want a duplicate page to appear right at the bottom of a document i want to pit it where i want to put it like it used to
Ah yes, I am using a mac, so don't know about Windows version.
Not the latest mac though, it's a Hi Sierra 10.13.6 mid 2011.
I just upgraded to 15.1.2 to test this out, and it still doesn't work. If I option drag a single page, it will duplicate the page to where the thin vertical bar indicates. If I have more than one page selected, it will actually *move* the pages there instead of duplicating them, which is definitely not what I want (given I am holding down the alt key). Unless this is a Windows-only bug, and it's working fine on Mac.
Using Indesign 15.1.2 (not sure about other versions) - Select the two pages in the palette, option-drag them slowly carefully to the right 5mm until a '+' sign appears next to the 'hand and page' symbol, then move back left again, until the plus sign disappears, and a faint vertical line appears just to the right of the 'hand and page' symbol. Release the mouse. The duplicated spread will now be immediately below.
To move the spread to a different location, do the above, but then move up or down to the immediate right of required page you want it to follow, before you release the mouse.
Why is this request not being addressed?
People keep bringing up the option/alt-drag to duplicate a page to a specific location, but this only works for a *single* page. If you have more than one page highlighted, alt+drag doesn't work.
I do a lot of double-sided divider tabs, so I always want to duplicate them in sets. I need to alt-drag the first one and then do the same for the second. I can't do them at the same time.
yes please. I have a document with 200 pages
I'm glad I'm not the only one going crazy about this :-)
In 99% of my use cases, the duplicated page is not required at the end of a document
Option + Command Drag to add right below or above
I have an InDesign doc with over 150 pages in. I need to duplicate each page, but want to have the duplicate below the original page. Do I have to alt drag each page to make sure it will be duplicated under the correct page? That is crazy if I do. Why can't there just be a shortcut to duplicate a page and it appear below the original and not at the end of the document?
Ranjini Malhotra commented
YES. Please add this feature. So annoying to have to drag the page up and it's a time waster.
Nijonna Edge commented
Please please add this feature
If you need to print or export the same page on both sides of a sheet, just set the output to "x,x" and you'll get the same page twice.
Matt Denton commented
ctrl+alt dragging does appear to work in CC2020. Just make sure you get it in the right spot for the line to appear next to the page.
Still, there should definitely be a 'Duplicate to Next' option. Really this should be the default option, and 'Duplicate to End' should be secondary.
THIS DRIVES ME ABSOLUTELY BONKERS. Who would want their duplicate page to disappear 120 pages away? At least give us a toggle option in settings.. - 'Duplicate to Next'
agreed, SO FRUSTRATING, if I'm copying a spread, why would I want it at the end of the document!?
It does work, you have to hover,
option/alt drag the page, then hover to the left side of a page and a line will appear,