Always Fit Spread

Always Fit Spread or (New!) Page in Window

Do you ever get frustrated when you want to be viewing the entire spread, and InDesign keeps jumping around and half the page is off-screen? This is especially common when searching and replacing text, or when moving the cursor to the next page.

Take a look at this real example. We are searching for the word receive:

Aargh! Why isn’t InDesign showing the entire spread?! There is no logical reason for chopping off half the page like that, and, apart from being frustrating, it can really slow one down!

If this frustrates you like it did me, then this extension is for you!

New in Version 1.2.4: Always Fit Page!

The latest version of this script is in fact two scripts. You now have the option to “always fit spread” or “always fit page”!

Where to Find It

The extension adds two new options at the bottom of the View menu called “Always Fit Spread in Window” and (not shown in the screenshot) “Always Fit Page in Window”. When you select one of these options, it will send InDesign a command forcing it to re-center the spread or page on screen.

If you do at any stage need to zoom in, simply uncheck the “Always Fit Spread” or “Always Fit Page” option…

Always Fit Spread menu item

Installation (read carefully!)

Always Fit Spread is what is known as a “startup script”. This means that after downloading and extracting the two script files, you must place them in a special folder, called the “startup scripts” folder, rather than the regular scripts folder.

The good news is that it is really easy to find this folder on your harddrive!

STEP ONE: Open the scripts panel in InDesign. Locate the folder there called “Application” and right-click on it. Choose “Reveal in Explorer” (on a Mac: “Reveal in Finder”).

Reveal in Explorer

STEP TWO: You will be taken to a folder on your harddrive. And, as luck would have it, it is precisely where InDesign’s “startup scripts” folder lives! So you can just drop the Always Fit Spread and Always Fit Page script files, or any other “startup script” file you may have, into the “startup scripts” folder, restart InDesign, and you’re done!

Move to Startup Scripts folder

Yes, it’s that easy!

(The screenshots are taken from Windows, but the procedure is basically identical on a Mac as well! Always Fit Spread works on Mac as well as Windows.)

Demo Download

Click here to download a demo of the latest version of Always Fit Spread. You may run the demo version up to 10 times.

Instant Download

To purchase the full version of Always Fit Spread for only $39, click the “Buy Now” button. Your product and serial numbers will be available for instant download when you complete the purchase.

Money-back Guarantee

If you are not satisfied with Always Fit Spread for any reason, simply let us know within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

'The behaviour of find/change in ID is a nightmare. There is no rational explanation why the screen jumps when words are found. This extension helps a lot to solve this absurd situation. Install it!'

–Camilo Umana, Book Designer and Typesetter

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Always Fit Spread: $39

For multiple licenses (5 or more), please contact us to arrange a discount.


System Requirements

  • InDesign CS6 or higher (including InDesign 2024)
  • Windows or Mac computer

Trial Download

Click on the button to download a limited trial version.

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