I am trying to design a small return address label following the printer's guidelines:

enter image description here

However, InDesign isn't letting me create a label this size:

enter image description here

enter image description here

I really just want to set a size and start designing. The error messages make no logical sense because there are no "columns" and all margins and bleeds are set to 0.

What's blocking me?

  • I can't reproduce the error. 🤷‍♂️ Edit: Ahh! Are you trying to change the size of an existing document? That might give you trouble if you have different dimensions and/or margins on some pages. You can't change them all using Document Setup.
    – Wolff
    Commented May 16, 2022 at 21:00
  • @Wolff ah ok can I make the changes to an existing document? Commented May 16, 2022 at 21:29

1 Answer 1


Once you have manually changed the Page Size or Margins of individual pages, you can no longer change all pages using Document Setup.

You could just make the changes you want without using Document Setup.

The Page Size can be set to the wanted dimensions by selecting all pages in the Pages panel and then clicking the Edit page size button in the bottom of the Pages panel.

The Margins can be set to 0 (or whatever fitting value you want) by selecting all pages in the Pages panel and using Layout > Margins and Columns.

If you want to re-enable Document Setup to change your document, you must first give all pages the same Page Size and Margins (and Bleed and Slug). Then enter Document Setup, type in those same values and click OK. Now if you enter Document Setup again, it has regained control of the settings.

  • Thanks. There’s only one page in this document which is why I was confused I couldn’t change its size Commented May 16, 2022 at 21:48
  • I see. But does it make sense now? Had you set margins on that page different from those in document setup?
    – Wolff
    Commented May 16, 2022 at 21:57
  • So what you are saying is that one cannot change margin settings in the document setup page? And they will not adjust automatically. I think I understand Commented May 16, 2022 at 21:59
  • 1
    I'm saying that if you change the margins or page size so they no longer correspond to the settings in Document Setup, you can no longer control those settings in Document Setup. Not until you manually make sure the settings are the same on all pages and in Document Setup. Then Document Setup regains control.
    – Wolff
    Commented May 16, 2022 at 22:14

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.