Cannot arrange pages side-by-side to create front-spine-back paperback cover

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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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Hi. I have watched three YouTube videos for creating a paperback cover which includes front, spine and back horizontally abutting each other in Pages panel and workspace view. An example of one video is "InDesign How-To: Set Up a Book Cover (Video Tutorial)," on the InDesignSecrets channel. Instructions on all videos indicate to uncheck Allow Document Pages to Shuffle and uncheck Allow Selected Spread to Shuffle. 

6x9 document, 3 pages. No matter what I do, whether both are checked, unchecked, or only one option is checked and the other unchecked, I cannot get page 2 to move beside page 1, and I can't move page 3 beside page 2. I can drag page 2 or 3, but they will not drop into place and instead return to their vertical position. I also tried changing to Horizontal option in View Pages, but that made no difference.

I've taken a screenshot of current status. Is there something I'm missing? 

Any help appreciated.

Celeste

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021
Do you see a bracket appearing between the pages? You need to be very close to the page to see it.

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Do you see a bracket appearing between the pages? You need to be very close to the page to see it.

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No, that was part of the problem, they did not appear as confirmation of being able to drop the page into place. But I did figure it out. I was writing my follow-up post as you were writing your response. Thank you!

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Never mind. I figured it out. I have to drag page 2 onto page 1 and then it will align next to it. InDesign is so precise with its requirements.

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