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Help, I edited a text box in a book and now the entire file format is completely off

Community Beginner ,
Oct 02, 2023 Oct 02, 2023

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I was fixing the margins on one of my book files, a little over 300 pages, and 23 documents (intro, chapter pages, and outro) for the document. However midway through fixing this issue some of my chapter documents, not all, now start on the left hand side instead of the right regardless of if the document before had a lefthand page or not. The second chapter (third document) now starts on the left, and the last two pages are completly out of sync, going from page 43 to page 36, dispite being selected as automatic page numbering, and though I somehow managed to fix the issue and get them correctly numbered, the numbers are now in brackets [44, 45] which none of my other page numbers are. As well, on the affected documents, any blank pages I had have just dissapeared. 

I'm almost positive it is a glitch, as some chapters load with it on the right hand, but when I switch to it later its on the left hand.

The only thing I can think of is that I synched everything style wise with the CH 1 document in the book before editing, but CH 1 starts on the right hand side, and not all pages have been affected.

 

I was only editing the parent pages, I never touched the interior of the documents, and it was only by 0.01" to fix a printing error for internal margins.

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Oct 02, 2023 Oct 02, 2023

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You might want to select/target pages 44-45 and go to the Pages panel menu button, and choose Allow Document Pages to Shuffle.

 

Pages 175-176 are probably incorrectly set as both left-hand as if a gatefold. If this is not what you want, drag one of those pages to the right.

Mike Witherell

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Oct 05, 2023 Oct 05, 2023

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I haven't fixed the issues with the odd brackets on 44 and 45, but ended up having to manually move every page around. I did end up setting every page to "do not allow document pages to shuffle" and that seemed to have stopped the first pages randomly appearing on the left hand side as I was fixing things. I'm still not sure what caused it, but it has been fixed it seems after moving things around manually.

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Oct 02, 2023 Oct 02, 2023

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Worst case, you might want to reflow the whole book into a new, clean file with the correct margins etc. It sounds a bit (as Mike W hints) that the structural page ordering might have gotten munged, and if a few simple tweaks don't bring things back into line, such a fresh start might be worth any time it costs to touch up.


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I was very close to doing that. And I'm still not sure what happened, when I opened the documents they were all set correctly, and I only touched the parent pages, as well the move was so small it didn't alter the actual space the text took up (I just needed to shift off of a printing line) so nothing should have shifted to add or remove pages. I had issues of it shifting pages when I would fix one, but never the adjacent one. I made sure that allowing the pages to shift was un-selected and that seemed to fix my never-ending mixing issue so I managed to manually shift it all back right. It seems to be fixed for now.

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