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How to Print a Booklet from InDesign

So you've got an InDesign document that you'd like to print out and bind like a magazine or booklet. You can print booklets to any of our on campus color or BW laser printers easily! (We recommend running a test print in black and white to make sure everything turns out right before spending the big bucks on color!)


  1. Make sure your document layout has a page count that is a multiple of 4 (like 8, 16, 20, etc). That is because when you output the spreads correctly, there will be 4 pages per sheet (2 on one side, 2 on the other).

  2. In InDesign go to File > Print Booklet.

  3. The default settings in this window should work fine. 2-up Saddle Stitch.

  4. Click on Print Settings.

  5. This brings up the standard InDesign print window. Check the box under Options to Print Blank Pages. 

  6. In the Setup tab (on the left) you can choose the page orientation, and scale to fit the page if necessary. Leave the Paper size as Defined by Driver.

  7. Click on the Page Setup... button to choose your paper size. Be sure to choose to Format For the printer you are sending it to, as each printer has different margins, and this will affect the alignment front to back. You can choose your page orientation here as well.

  8. If you're printing to any printer besides the SB-ImagePress-Color (any BW printer, or HP color printer) you'll have to set up duplexing (double-sided printing). Click on the Printer... button. Check the box for Two-Sided, and you'll want to choose Short-Edge binding (for a standard booklet). Click Print.

  9. You are back to the InDesign print window. Turn on any other output options you want (Crop Marks or Bleeds). Click OK. This brings you back to the Print Booklet window.

  10. Click on the Preview tab on the left side. You will see a preview layout of your pages. The first sheet should contain your front and back page/covers. If you move the slider all the way to the right, the last spread should contain your middle two pages. If it all looks right, click Print!

  11. If you've made the correct settings, when your file finishes printing you should be able to simply fold the stack of pages in half and have yourself a booklet! 



Pop by the Service Bureau for a quick tutorial on how to use our booklet stapling machine, or fold and staple by hand with our plethora of hand staplers! 

The SB-ImagePress-Color and SB-Canon-Copier printers can fold/staple booklets, ask SB staff for more details.

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