Tip to expand the Paste Board Area (Design area) in Indesign CS3 and CS5

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Today in this tutorial we will learn how we can expand the paste board area in Indesign. But why? There may be few guys, who may ask.

By default, when we open a new document in Indesign, there is not too much space provided to have elements outside the print area as shown in the below image.

Paste Board
Indesign Paste Board

Doesn’t it is a very little space, in case we need to paste one or more entire pages from other document to the document with a very little pasteboard area, to have elements dragged to the print area for later use…. this is why I actually need a broader paste board to simplify the job designing.

So now if you thinks that a broader pasteboard area also suits you then you can follow these simple steps given below … this tip is for Indesign CS3 and CS4 for later version follow the tip given at the end.

  1. First go through the File Menu and choose Document Setup
  2. Change the document width as per your requirement say 15-20 inches if you are designing your layout in letter size.
    Page setup
    Indesign Page setup
  3. Now click OK
  4. This will extend your print area to the extreme edge of the document just don’t panic if you already have any text frame placed or any other element over the print area which for instance seems to be scattered here and there ( they will automatically fix later).
  5. Now move the screen to edge of any spread and place of the object on the far left or far right of the pasteboard just outside the print area.padte board
  6. Once you done with the object placement, then again go to the document setup and revert back the width of the page with the original page width size.
  7. This is all, when you click OK, you’ll notice that the pasteboard width remains expanded and elements or the text frame revert back to their normal stage.

Though the above trick is not very straight forward, but can to be tried to make life much simpler in Indesign CS3. Now what if you are using Adobe Indesign CS5 or later…..this has a very simple process…

  1. First go through the Edit Menu > Preferences and choose Guides and Pasteboard…
  2. This will display a window as shown below, to which you only need to change the Horizontal Margins as per the needs.
    CS 5 Horizontal Margin
    CS 5 Horizontal Margin
  3. Click OK.

So that’s is how you can expand the paste board as desired…. here is one more tip…

Now you have a huge paste board and would like to have the full page view including complete paste, then use this shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Alt+0 (Zero) or mac users can use Command-Option-Shift-0 (zero). Isn’t this cool.

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