Changing the Size of the Pasteboard
Is there a way to adjust the size of the pasteboard (horizontally)?
Sure! Open the Preference dialog box and go to the Guides & Pasteboard area. There you’ll find the Pasteboard Options for Horizontal Margins and Vertical Margins.
You can set either of them to any value between zero and ten feet (720 picas)!
Why the Pasteboard won’t resize (or resizes unevenly)
If you’re trying to reduce the size of the Pasteboard and it isn’t working as expected, it’s almost certainly because there’s an object that would otherwise be left in the netherworld that lies beyond the Pasteboard, and InDesign won’t allow that.
So if you have a situation like this:
And try to make the Pasteboard so small that the object won’t fit at its current location:
InDesign just makes the Pasteboard as small as it can, even creating the bizarre situation where the Pasteboard is wider on one side.
Of course, it would also be nice if InDesign told you that’s what it was doing, but that’s another story…
Originally published May 14, 2008