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Adjust a single item across all pages of a document

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Dec 13, 2022 Dec 13, 2022

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Hi all,

I'm data merging various info into 100's of pages. The data merge always does this annoying thing where it shifts everything even if you tell it not to. I can't counter the shift in the data merge window because it doesn't go below 0 and that's what I need.

 

SO, solved that by locking everything in the template before doing the data merge and found a script to unlock EVERYTHING on all pages so I can do the edits needed after mrging without unlocking every single page.

 

BUT I needed a variable height text box, so I set up a style to auto size the text box based on how much text there is and have it always aligned centrally on the bottom edge of the page. 

If I lock this before the data merge, it doesn't resize so all the pages had overset text. If I don't lock it, it shifts 3mm to the right and 3mm down on every page. The "Align to Page" script only does 1 page at a time and the "Adjust Page items" script adjust EVERYTHING on all pages, including, it seems, locked objects. 

 

Any ideas? I found some other scripts in other discussions but they weren't doing what I needed them to either 😕 

 

Thanks!

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"I'm data merging various info into 100's of pages. The data merge always does this annoying thing where it shifts everything even if you tell it not to."

 

Hi @yay89 ,

that's the point where we should start to solve your issue.

Could you make a sample InDesign template document for data merge available?

Plus a little data source file and a few screenshots where you are showing the setup of your merge?

 

I think there is an explanation for the shifting of items in the result document.

And I'm optimistic that we could do something about it.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
( Adobe Community Expert )

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