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Should be a simple answer to a long question.

I am making a Book and working on one chapter file.

The chapters all need to end on an odd numbered page. Easy.

Except that every time I edit and the text flows over - it only adds one page instead of an entire spread. That then forces the entire book to repaginate yadda yadda yadda.

So I then add a second master page at the end to get the chapter to end on an odd number again - but this new page isn't threaded to the previous pages.

I need any or all of the following answered:

  1. How can I force generate an entire spread to be added instead of a single page? (I tried the Preferences>Type>Preserve Facing-Page Spreads, but it doesn't work)
  2. How can I add a new page from a master with a primary text frame that automatically links to the existing thread? (It always appears to start a complete new "story")
  3. How can I flow the existing thread into the new pages - WAIT! Before you think this is obvious, every time I try - the text flow refuses to go into the new primary text frame. Oddly, if I move the primary text box off the page, the text will flow into it - but the thread is broken.

Thank you.

  • Do you need to divide the book into chapters? If you just work in one document with one story, you can just use the keep options to always start the chapter heading on an odd page. – Wolff Feb 22 at 21:12
  • I need to keep it in chapters with every chapter beginning with an image on the left facing page. It's a 500 page technical book with 17 chapters, hundreds of tables and images, toc, index, the works. – LazarusBlack Feb 22 at 21:41
  • I found a way to always add spreads, but it's a little too hacky for an answer. Add a tiny text frame (too tiny for text to fit) to the odd page of your master spread (it must be on the page). Make it the first text frame of the primary text flow. This way text always starts on an odd page where it doesn't fit and then flows on like usual. I wouldn't use this method myself though. – Wolff Feb 22 at 22:15
  • Thanks for trying but that doesn't help me. – LazarusBlack Feb 27 at 0:57
  • Because it's too complicated or because I've explained it poorly? – Wolff Feb 27 at 12:11

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