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Tip of the Week: Starting a Document on a Left-Hand Page

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Want to change your document so it starts on a left-hand page (so that the first two pages make a two-page spread)? One way is to double-click the little triangle over the first page in the Pages panel,

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and set its page number to 2 (or any other even number).

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  • Qing Youguo says:

    Hi Blatner, try a script to do it:

    if(app.documents.length !== 0){
    app.doScript(function() {
    try {
    var d = app.activeDocument;
    p1 = d.pages[0];
    p1.appliedSection.continueNumbering = false;
    p1.appliedSection.pageNumberStart = 2;
    d.spreads.everyItem().allowPageShuffle = false;
    p1.appliedSection.pageNumberStart = 1;
    } catch (e) {}
    }, ScriptLanguage.JAVASCRIPT, undefined, UndoModes.ENTIRE_SCRIPT, “FirstPage_LeftHand”);

  • Max Castillo says:

    I think you can achieve this by selecting pages and deselecting “Allow Selected Spread to Shuffle” in the Pages Panel flyout menu. Then you can move pages into any spread configuration you like without renumbering.

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