I have an inDesign document with a number of intentionally blank pages, for example one so that the Contents page is recto etc. I would like to to flag those pages somehow for anyone else that works on the document as being intentionally blank, but I'm unsure what the standard way to do this would be.

Is there a convention for doing this? And how would this convention be applied using inDesign?

Note: To clarify, I want the printed version to have no text on the blank pages, but to include some kind of message or flag them somehow for another design.

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In many legal documents, I've been required to place a text box on the page that reads "THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK", so the reader doesn't think there's something missing. In your case, where you don't want that to actually print but still want a designer to see it, you could do a couple things:

1) Put that text box on its own layer (maybe make the text in Magenta, so it's highly noticeable), but uncheck the "Print Layer" box in the Layer Options dialog (double-click on the layer in the Layers panel to open the options). enter image description here

2) Put that text box on any layer you want, but select it and use Windows > Output > Attributes options to make that specific text box non-printing. enter image description here

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    DLev's answer is what I would do. This method also gives you the ability to show the non-printing elements if you wish (in a proof version, perhaps) by selecting "All Layers" in your PDF export. I would also recommend applying the non-printing elements via a master page for further control.
    – 13ruce
    Aug 15, 2017 at 13:48
  • @1ndivisible, if you agree with the answer above, would be cool if you marked it as the correct answer. :)
    – DLev
    Aug 16, 2017 at 12:35

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