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Creating a Horizontal Page View in InDesign

O.B. wrote:

I’m looking for a way to preview my InDesign CS6 document horizontally

InDesign does not offer a way to view the pages horizontally in the document window. But the Pages panel can kind-of, sort-of offer what you want. The trick is to:

  1. Make your Pages panel huge (pull it out of the dock and fill the width of your screen if you want!)
  2. Choose Panel Options in the Pages panel menu and set the size of the page previews to Jumbo (the largest option).
  3. Set the Pages panel view options to Horizontal (in CS5.5 and earlier, that’s in the Panel Options dialog box; in CS6, as Cari pointed out, that’s in the Pages panel menu)

The result looks something like this:


Of course, you probably don’t want to leave your screen like this, because the Pages panel is taking up too much space. Fortunately, you can save it as a workspace (Window > Workspace > New Workspace). Then you can swap from your normal workspace to this one quickly and easily.

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7 Comments on “Creating a Horizontal Page View in InDesign

  1. When working on a longer document, such as a magazine, you can also put the Pages panel in horizontal mode and place it on a secondary monitor. As long as you don’t use the book functionality, that will give you an easy way to keep an eye on your entire publication. You don’t even have to double click the pages, you can simply look at the page number and press Cmd+J to navigate to it.

  2. @ Peter – While looking at thumbnails of the proofs of a book exported to PDF the other day, I was thinking how useful it would be if one could view the thumbnails of all pages in a book in ID, especially when setting up transitions from one chapter to the next.


  3. Thanks for the tip, i was looking for a way to do the same on my workspace
    (in MS Word for ex. in you zoom out enough, pages moves to fill the workspace and you can still work on them)
    is there any way to to have it on Indesign cc ?

  4. I can’t seem to find the horizontal view in the pages panel for pages, only for master pages. is it gone on Indesign cc ???

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