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Learn how to create, and export dynamic PDF documents in Adobe InDesign for interactive and engaging digital content.

You can create interactive slideshows with dynamic PDF documents using buttons, multimedia elements, hyperlinks, bookmarks, and page transitions in InDesign. You can also set up documents in InDesign that can be converted to forms in Acrobat.

Export to Interactive PDF documents

Select File  > Export .

Specify a location and a File name.

Select  Use InDesign Document Name as the Output Filename  if you want the exported PDF to have the same name as the name of the document from the next export.

Select Adobe PDF (Interactive) in Save as type (Windows) or Format (macOS) and select Save .

Specify options in the Export To Interactive PDF dialog box, and then click OK .

Create interactive documents for PDF

You can export Adobe PDF documents that include the following interactive features.

Export to interactive PDF options

There are four tabs that appear in the Export To Interactive PDF dialog:

General , Compression , Advanced , and Security .

To ensure that files can be shared smoothly between macOS and Windows, we recommend neither the use of illegal or reserved characters in file/folder names nor in dynamic strings. InDesign has taken a superset of these characters “ \ / : * ? " < > |  “ ( Windows and macOS ), and they will be skipped in PNG, JPEG, and PDF export.

Create PDF forms (CS5.5 and CS5)

InDesign does not provide tools for adding form fields. You can use Adobe Acrobat for adding form fields. Design your form in InDesign with placeholders for radio buttons, check boxes, and text fields, then export to PDF and convert the placeholders into form fields using Acrobat.

In InDesign, create the document you want to use for the form. Use tables and text boxes to create the placeholders for the fields.

You can also add interactive buttons in InDesign.

Export the document to Adobe PDF.

Start the form wizard to convert the placeholders into form fields. Use the form tools to add and edit the form.

  • Select Tools > Forms > Create in Acrobat X to start the form wizard.
  • Select   Forms  >  Start  in Adobe Acrobat 9 to start the form wizard.

Preview interactive documents

Use the EPUB Interactivity Preview panel to preview the current selection, the current spread, or the entire document. You can resize, dock, or float the Preview panel, or move it to a second monitor.

Select  Window > Interactive > EPUB Interactivity Preview .

To preview the interactivity and animation, do any of the following actions:

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While you preview the document, you can select the Go To Previous Page and Go To Next Page arrows at the bottom of the panel to move to different pages.

If you edit your document, you can refresh the preview by selecting the Play Preview button in the EPUB Interactivity Preview panel.

Use Presentation Mode

Presentation Mode ( Shift + W ) displays the active InDesign document as a presentation. The application menu, panels, guides, and frame edges are hidden in the Presentation mode. The background area has a dark color by default in case your document size is a different proportion from your current monitor dimensions.

Presentation Mode is a helpful companion feature to the Adobe Connect feature. You can start a web meeting by using the File > Share My Screen command. Once the screen sharing has started, you can put your InDesign document into Presentation Mode. You can also hide specific spreads in your InDesign document while in  Presentation  mode.

Go to View > Screen Mode > Presentation .

Use any of the following keystrokes.

You cannot edit the document in Presentation Mode. However with a dual screen monitor, you can have two windows open on the same document and put one of them into Presentation Mode. This approach lets you edit the document in the window set to Normal view and immediately see the results in the window set to Presentation Mode.

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    1 Correct answer. AnneMarie Concepcion • Community Expert , Oct 21, 2018. Weird! So InDesign is working fine, but then you type Shift-W to go into presentation mode, but Shift-W again doesn't do a thing? You're stuck in presentation mode? (Or is InDesign opening all docs in presentation mode by default?)

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    Presentation Mode is a helpful companion feature to the Adobe Connect feature. You can start a web meeting by using the File > Share My Screen command. Once the screen sharing has started, you can put your InDesign document into Presentation Mode. You can also hide specific spreads in your InDesign document while in Presentation mode.

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    1. Presentation Mode Malfunctioning. esnyder811. Community Beginner , Feb 20, 2017. My "Presentation Mode" (cmmd W) does not work properly. I used to be able to use the arrow keys to navigate through the pages of my document but now it gets stuck on the first page.