Because of a careless mistake, I have a 277-page book file with 12 chapters in separate files that has a trim size of 7.25x9.5". It should be 7.5x9.25. There are 99 illustrations as anchored objects. Most (over 80) have a caption that's a separate anchored object.

Is there a way to fix this that does not involve touching all 277 pages manually?

If, as I suspect, there is not, what can I do to make my life easier in the future?

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I don't believe there is a way to resize without at least looking at every page afterwards. Nothing should move. But with a missing .25" you may need to ensure bleeds and margins are acceptable. Sometimes, depending upon layout, reducing by .125" on each side isn't that bad. Depends upon the project.

And I don't believe there's anything you can do for the future other than ensure you set the correct trim size. (Or, if freelancing, inform client's there's a fee associated with resizing if they gave you the wrong trim size.)

  • Thanks. (This was my own dumb mistake.)
    – Bob Brown
    Aug 18, 2023 at 17:03
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    There is theLiquid Layout feature... I don't know if that would be helpful. I've never actually used it here - just played with it to see if it was worthwhile in my work. Someone may come along with more info on that. I always found it unreliable and convoluted myself.
    – Scott
    Aug 18, 2023 at 17:05
  • Offtopic answer, but when you're working with a 277 page doc, you kind of want to keep incremental backups, specifically because of accidental mistakes.
    – Lucian
    Aug 19, 2023 at 9:41

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