I am trying to imposition an InDesign booklet myself because I have to export as a PDF. I am going to print from a printer that doesn't have InDesign.

I made a copy of the document and then I am planning to shuffle the pages around into the correct impositioned order. I am wondering if there is a way to keep the page numbers unchanging while you shuffle around? Because when I move the pages InDesign updates the numbers.

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    Why do you want to do the impositioning manually, rather than letting InDesign do it for you? The Print Booklet function does exactly this, and you can Print Booklet to a PDF file as well… May 19, 2021 at 23:11
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    ... and if you need to impositioning manually place your InDesign document or exported PDF in another InDesign document to avoid altering the original file.
    – Wolff
    May 19, 2021 at 23:19
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Seems more like answers to me than comments :) Anyone want my upvote?
    – curious
    May 19, 2021 at 23:40
  • @Wolff Seems more like answers to me than comments :) Anyone want my upvote?
    – curious
    May 19, 2021 at 23:40
  • Hi @Wolff I have made a duplicate copy of my document to play around with. I just thought it would be less confusing to have the numbers fixed plus once I shuffle that will affect the current page numbers as well. May 20, 2021 at 1:18

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  • Open a new InDesign document the same size as your original InDesign document.

  • Use File > Place to place individual pages from
    the original InDesign file into your new file.

  • Impose pages in the new file however you need.

Page number in the original will not change.

Retain both files.

If you need to edit the original do so in the original file. When you open the imposed file after editing the original, merely update the links.

  • Posted before I read comments.. but yeah.. great minds and all that :)
    – Scott
    May 20, 2021 at 2:30

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