How to Synchronize Book Files in Adobe InDesign

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In Brief...

One advantage to creating an Adobe InDesign Book from multiple project files is that one file can be used to harmonize Swatches, Paragraph Styles, and Master Pages throughout all the book files. To synchronize your book files, follow these four steps.

Instructions

  1. After adding files to the book, go to the Book Panel and click in the empty space to the right of the file you wish to make the synchronization source so that an icon appears.
    Book Panel

  2. To define the synchronization options, click the Book Panel menu and select Synchronize Options.
    Book Panel Menu

  3. In the dialog box, check the attributes you wish to synchronize and click OK.
    Synchronize Options Dialog Box

  4. To synchronize all the files in the book, click in the empty space at the bottom of the Book Panel to deselect all the files. To synchronize only some of the files, select the source file and then Ctrl-click (PC) / Command-click (Mac) the files to synchronize. Click the Synchronize button at the bottom of the Book Panel.
    Synchronize Button in Book Panel

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.

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