How to Print a Booklet File in Adobe InDesign

In Brief...

A booklet means that both sides of each page are printed, and typically, there are two pages on each sheet of paper, as seen in saddle-stitch brochures, which are folded and stapled on the fold. An InDesign document needs to be paginated so that the front cover joins to the back cover, the inside front cover joins to the inside back cover, and so on. InDesign makes it very easy to do this when creating a mock-up of a booklet. The following six steps show you how.


  1. Go to the File menu and select Print Booklet.
    Print Booklet in File Menu

  2. In the dialog box, choose the Booklet Type, then go to the menu on the left and click Preview.
    Print Booklet Dialog Box

  3. If the preview shows that the page orientation is wrong, click Print Settings.
    Print Booklet Dialog Box

  4. In the next dialog box, go to the menu on the left and click Setup.
    Print Dialog Box

  5. Choose the Paper Size, Orientation, and Page Position. Click OK.
    Print Setup

  6. Verify that the preview looks correct.
    Print Booklet Preview

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical, and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her class. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint to produce a fully-developed and cohesive brand identity.