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Explorer ,
Jan 04, 2019 Jan 04, 2019

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Hi, I'd like to rename pages so that in the thumbnail view, I have some idea what they contain, so I can reorder.

Like in almost every other CC product, (PS, AE, Pr, etc.) thumbnails have names so that if you want to reorder them, dragging and dropping is simple by using the thumbnails and their names.

I can find no way to do this in In-Design and I've searched forums, etc. and only find people asking for it but no one providing the answer.

Hard to imagine it's not possible, that the only thing my pages get named as is their number (order)... which changes...

You can see it's not possible to tell from the thumbnails what is on these pages (yes some are blank).

I'm a noob and I'm sure I'm just missing something basic...

Thanks

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Explorer , Jan 05, 2019 Jan 05, 2019
Ok... so there is no way to name pages other than a hack, by using something not meant for this purpose.There are a few decent hacks in this thread, but the answer is that it's just not part of the program for some reason.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 06, 2019 Jan 06, 2019

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You’re right: first the ads! Ads are cash.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 23, 2020 Jun 23, 2020

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Well, here's why I ended up on this page looking for a solution.  I have a client who annually prints rules manuals.  Each year, there are 2 different versions of the book, which will contain different subsets of a master book, with some overlap, and some pages not used for a few years.  I already have 6 master pages, since the events with the rules are divided into categories, indicated by an image on the page, but they are in alphabetical order, not divided into the categories.  Each year there are some changes to the rules.  So the easiest workflow that I can find is to have the master book, with the master pages with the proper images, and sections which auto number (since numbers appear on some of the pages), make changes to the master, so it is saved in one place for both divisions and for the future year, then delete out the pages which are not used in the particular book I am making.  It would be significantly easier if I could just look at the thumbnails and select all of the pages which I don't need to delete all at once.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 06, 2019 Jan 06, 2019

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Hi Chris,

also check InDesign's feature bookmarks:

Create bookmarks for PDF in Adobe InDesign

You could name bookmarks and use the go-to feature of the Bookmarks Panel to navigate through the document.

Regards,
Uwe

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Explorer ,
Jan 06, 2019 Jan 06, 2019

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Thanks for the extra help, and the hack. This, so far, seems like the one with the least extra work.

Much appreciated.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

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Right now I'm working on a program for a theatrical performance.  It is 36 pages only. But only about 10 of those pages are the show itself. Many pages are dedicated to things like shoutouts, dedications, cast and crew lists and other credits, internal promotions and some ads.

I don’t think anyone suggested the Book feature, which would let you divide up the document into discrete named sections.

See this helpx:

Create book files with Adobe InDesign

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

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Rob, you read my mind about using books... (I've been busy and could not jump back into the forums to post the idea.)

Of course, a book file would work best if the layout has distinct sections or pages without "jump copy" that starts in the front of the book and jumps to the back section. However, I think the OP is looking for a feature that does not yet exist and would consider books another work-around.

As an aside regarding ad/edit layout: I used to use a white board with a permanent grid on it representing pages to plan out the editorial and advertising. I had a list of all the editorial articles by pages/column length and a list of all the ads by size. I would total up the number of pages for both and adjust the page count up or down to accommodate signature sizes. Then I would plot out the edit in blue and the advertising in red. Later, at another magazine, I used Illustrator to do basically the same thing. Although I could see the benefit of using such software, I liked the hands-on approach rather than using software. (Plus, the software was expensive and the magazine were not large corporations.)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

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I’m going to disagree here. The OP is very new to this and is having trouble with managing the pages in one document.

Adding the complexities of syncing styles, page numbers and the like to this over multiple documents, while fine for a experienced user is just going to make this harder for him.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

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True enough, Bob. However, I was throwing as many ideas against the wall I could think of to work around a feature that does not yet exist. Of the four possible workarounds I posted, I like the page section code the best.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

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Adding the complexities of syncing styles, page numbers and the like to this over multiple documents, while fine for a experienced user is just going to make this harder for him.

I don't doubt that, but in general a 36 page theater program headed for a commercial press is not for beginners. The OP would have to have a grip on other advanced topics, like master pages, styles, color management, etc.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 08, 2019 Jan 08, 2019

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That’s a whole different story and this is really on Adobe marketing. They make it sound so simple.

If they were selling power tools, their customers would be losing limbs on a daily basis.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 07, 2020 Mar 07, 2020

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There's absolutely a need for it. I am using a template that has a page named in a way that does not serve me, and I can't change it. If someone change it, there was a need for it.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 05, 2019 Jan 05, 2019

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Hi Chris,

with InDesign you can "name" pages. At least a bit.

But you are very restricted in the number of characters and you have to think in units of page sections.

There is prefix naming with a maximum of eight characters that can be shown in the Pages Panel.

However, if you need a different prefix per page you also need a different section per page.

From my German InDesign where I changed the numbering and section options by adding a prefix:

SectionPrefix-Visible-PagesPanel.PNG

Another way would be to use a page label color:

PageLabelColor.PNG

Yet another way would be using a so-called script label.

But you cannot apply or see this label without selecting a page with the Page Tool in the Layout window and using the Script Label Panel:

ScriptLabel-ObjectPage-1.PNG

That all aside you could use a text frame on the page with a huge point size doing a descriptive text of the page or a name, setting this frame on a layer stacked above all other layers and showing a thumbnail view of the page contents in the Pages panel. You may lock this layer. Do not set it to non-printing, because you would not see its contents in the Pages panel:

PageNameInExtraLayer.PNG

Regards,
Uwe

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Explorer ,
Oct 23, 2019 Oct 23, 2019

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I've landed here looking for an answer to this, and have to say I agree with Chris, this is yet another essential feature missing which many other lesser tools already have. The option should be there for users who want to use it, for those that don't they can keep doing things the way they have been.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 24, 2019 Oct 24, 2019

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Hi DigitalDesigner1,

just out of curiosity, can you name some apps that doing page naming to your liking?

How can the names be addressed? How can they be managed?

 

Thanks,
Uwe Laubender

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Explorer ,
Sep 03, 2021 Sep 03, 2021

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Hi Laubender,

I came here looking for a way to name pages.  I'm making blog covers that all have a similar layout.  I would like to name them so that I can export them and put them with the correct blog post easily.  I can do this online with Canva.  Canva allows you to name pages and works much like InDesign for this type of project.  I would, however, have to upload all my images to Canva first.  Since I pay more for InDesign than Canva, I was hoping that this would be a feature in In Design.  

 

Respectfully,

Stacey

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New Here ,
Jan 14, 2020 Jan 14, 2020

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I get around this by creating a top layer in InDesign which I call "Notes" and I put a text box on each page that provides a name for the page. You can always turn off the top layer whenever you need to work on a page, and turn it back on when you need to find pages in your layout.

InD_NamePages_01.pngInD_NamePages_02.png

 
 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 15, 2020 Feb 15, 2020

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You can rename. Right click on the name of the page/spead in the Pages panel and choose Master options for "original name"

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Engaged ,
Jul 20, 2020 Jul 20, 2020

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I haven't read this whole thread, but I'm wondering if anyone suggested using the Book feature (found under "File>New") in InDesign to separate out your sections?  You could have one book (a collection of files, or even just one file) each for the front/middle/back -- which, I would imagine would capture ads in the front, cast, etc., in the middle, and more ads at the back. Then combine at the end in a Library (also found under File>New). At least you'd have your sections separated for a little bit easier organizing while you work. And once your "book" files are compiled in a library file, you could set the page numbering for continuous (from one book to the next) and print your PDF.

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