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Data Merge Page Break

Community Beginner ,
Jun 26, 2018 Jun 26, 2018

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Hello,

I am creating a catalog and there are over 1000 pages in the document. I have created the data in excel organized it all properly and merged it into InDesign all fine, however, for the different categories within the catalog I want categories to start on a new page so that means starting a new page within a data-merged document.

How is this done?!

Shown an image in basic terms how do I start a new page within a merged document?

Any help/ Guidance would be appreciated!

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Valorous Hero ,
Jun 26, 2018 Jun 26, 2018

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I don't think it can be done natively.

Can you chop up the Excel file into multiple sheets, one per category, and then do separate data merges?

Ariel

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 26, 2018 Jun 26, 2018

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Yes, I did try doing that and it can be done splitting the excel files, but then how would I bring all the separate merged documents together and create a TOC for many different documents?

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Valorous Hero ,
Jun 26, 2018 Jun 26, 2018

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Combine them in a single InDesign book. InDesign's TOC generator can generate a TOC based on all documents in a book.

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 26, 2018 Jun 26, 2018

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Smart Catalog - Automated Publishing - YouTube

You may need an external splice. As far as I know it's a paid add-on. Smart Catalog

Graphic Designer Educator / PrePress Consultant

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 29, 2018 Jun 29, 2018

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Hi Matthew,

I would like to know if the steps suggested above helped you, or the issue still persists.

Kindly update the discussion if you need further assistance with it.

Thanks,

Srishti

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New Here ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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I need help with the same question.

I want to add a page break in the Data Merge document through CSV

 

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Community Expert ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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Re-read the answers above. You cannot use InDesign's Data Merge to add page breaks; it does not have that sort of complex capabilities. 

You can do as was suggested by @TᴀW above, and do separate merges joined in an InDesign Book file. 

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Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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If there is some sort of header for each section you might be able to defijne a paragraph style for the header paragraph that has a Keep Option to start on next page.

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