I am trying to configure a fairly complex document in InDesign. A document would need to have 3 pages per spread, should start from a first single page, and spine should be attached to its left edge.

Then, it should have following three pages 2, 3, and 4 in one spread. The spine should be between 2nd and 3rd page, whereas pages 3 and 4 should be folded. It is like one side from a spine should have two pages folded.

This is what I am thinking about:

      ║ 1
    2 ║ 3 | 4
5 | 6 ║ 7
    8 ║ 9 | 10

The character ║ means a spine between pages whereas | means two pages are folded.

I have managed to set three pages per spread:

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but whenever I export the document or print it, I always get a standard 2 face structure. The pages are printed in a normal configuration:

   ║ 1
 2 ║ 3
 4 ║ 5
 6 ║ 8
 8 ║ 9
10 ║ 11

How to achieve it?


  • You could try exporting the document to PDF, and experiment with the options for poster and spread in the Acrobat DC print dialogue.
    – HaraldCFS
    Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 19:33
  • No, I don't think InDesign has any option for this. I will have to use/create a custom function which shuffles pages in a correct order.
    – Celdor
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 7:18
  • I am also curious. Is there any way to tell InDesign where I would expect spine between pages? Something I can see if I set facing pages?
    – Celdor
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 7:20
  • One of these similar questions may help: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/43040/… or graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/2494/…
    – ispaany
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 19:57

2 Answers 2


You can create multiple page spreads by deselecting "Allow Document Pages to Shuffle" inthe Pages panel menu and rearranging your pages in the Pages panel.

From InDesign Help / Create a multiple-page spread:

To allow the creation of spreads of more than two pages in the entire document and to preserve those spreads when you add, remove, or arrange preceding pages, deselect Allow Document Pages To Shuffle on the Pages panel menu

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  • thanks for your answer. Even though I have managed to solve this already, I appreciate your help :)
    – Celdor
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 7:19

I could not find an answer to my solution so I have fiddled a little bit with scripting in the InDesign. I have created a JavaScript function that does the job, exactly what I needed. If someone is interested in the solution, this is my script:

// Shuffle pages to make a complex structure: 2 pages bound, 2 pages folded, 2 pages bound, 2 pages folded, and so on.


function main() {
    var myDoc = app.activeDocument;
    var myPages = myDoc.pages;

    var extrapages = myPages.length % 6;

    if (extrapages > 0) {
        for(var c = 0; c < extrapages; c++) {

    var offset = 1;
    for(var c = 0; c < myPages.length/6; c++) {
        myPages.item(offset+4).move(LocationOptions.AFTER, myPages.item(offset+1));
        offset = offset + 6;

Note: The script adds a few pages so that their number is a multiple of six to avoid errors if I refer to a page number that does not exist. That's the drawback. I don't know how to handle errors :)

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