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Adding Files to a Book


If you use InDesign’s Book feature to work with long documents, you probably know that you can add individual InDesign files to a book by choosing Add Document from the Book panel menu or clicking the plus sign at the bottom of the Book panel.

add file to InDesign book

But you might not know that you can also add files to a book by drag and dropping them into the Book panel from the Finder on the Mac, Windows Explorer, or Adobe Bridge.

You can drag and drop multiple files at once, or even a folder.

drag folder of files to InDesign book panel

InDesign adds all the files (including any in nested subfolders) to the book.

files added to InDesign book panel

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  • Kevin Ward says:

    I, personally, would switch off the automatic numbering options in the book fly-out menu before adding files this way. This is so that you can make sure the files are in the correct order before InDesign starts the often time-consuming task of re-numbering.

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