Is there a way when mapping from Excel into InDesign to assign id’s to the data that is being mapped? For instance, see the image below and record id 15. If we have a column header labelled “id”, can I assign that specific set of data to id=15. This way, if data is inserted before it, the mapping based on row number is not disrupted. sample image

If this is possible, how is it mapped into InDesign? The best way I can compare what I am thinking to is similar to an html div.


I want to create sectioned data that would not be disrupted by others sections, too.

  • Could you try to rephrase the question? As it is, it’s not very clear what exactly it is you’re trying to do. What do you mean by “can I assign that specific set of data [which set? The data in the other columns in that row?] to id=15”? How would you assign a set of data to something that looks like setting a variable to a number? Can you try showing us how you would expect this to look in InDesign? Mar 13, 2018 at 21:24

1 Answer 1


I don't know if that will suit you but If you want to keep track of data in order to easily updates changes in the layout, I would recommend looking at a plugin like EasyCatalog. It can load Excel files, keep track of data, paginate automatically and manage updates easily…

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.