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Chapter 4. Building a Document > Multipage Spreads

Multipage Spreads

Back when the rest of the world thought that facing-page spreads were pretty nifty, Quark came along and added the capability to build three-page spreads. In fact, you can quickly and easily build a spread with four, five, or any number of pages, as long as the combined width of the pages doesn't exceed 48 inches.

Once again, this is a job for the Document Layout palette (this also works in Thumbnail mode). Spreads can be created in both facing-page and single-sided documents by dragging a page icon (either a new page or one already in the document) to the right side of a right page or to the left side of a left page. For this purpose, single-sided documents are considered to be made entirely of right pages, but there aren't many times that you'd be doing this with a single-sided document. The pasteboard (represented by the dark-gray area of the palette) automatically expands to accommodate the pages. Figure 4-21 shows an example of creating a three-page spread in a facing-page document.

Figure 4-21. Making a three-page spread


Note that when you drag a page over to create a multipage spread, you shouldn't let go of the mouse button if you see the little black arrow icon. That'll reshuffle the file rather than build a spread. Instead, you should only let go when you see a dark page icon in the place where you want the spread page to be.

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