Choose 2 up Consecutive
Or you could set up a new file and place them on the page.
You can place indesign files inside indesign files.
I just tied your suggestion, print booklet, 2 up consecutive. I got one copy at the top of the page without the second copy below. What settings should I have then in the regular print settings to make that happen correctly? In the print booklet under preview I have a warning that says the booklet doesnt fit the current paper size and also a message that 3 blank pages have been added to create the booklet.
I definitely don't want to set up a new file and then place it on the page - with the amount of files I have to manage that would be a nightmare.
I suggest you get some basic imposition software.
If you have that much to do then Quite Imposing for Acrobat will be good for you.
Despite the weird website - it's the software you need
InDesign is not an imposition software program. Usually printers have very expensive and more adept software like Preps to impose pages.
You can play around with the File>Print Booklet - the dialog gives a preview
To remove blank pages being added then uncheck that option.
Also - your printer settings might have a 2 up option.
Other than that
Setting up a file for 2 up where you can drag and drop the file to the layout would be more productive.
Coming from Publisher, which I am often told, is so far behind InDesign in its capabilities, I am having a hard time understanding how the dinasaur Publisher offers the ability to print 2-up (or any up depending on the original file size), yet its superior InDesign does not? I can't imagine that I am the only person out there needing to print to a desktop type printer from InDesign without purchasing additional expensive software? Is it really not a straight forward option in the software? I'm so disapointed and especially now rethinking my migration to Indesign. I was so excited (really) to work with InDesign, a pin just burst my bubble
Publisher is targeted at hom/office users who do their own printing. InDesing is targeted at professional designers, and we tend to pass our work to professional printers for output. Imposition is their job.
You could use a PDF of the document - it's easier
Some solutions here
Where InDesign is not an imposition tool - it's vastly superior many DTP alternatives - I'd say it's superior to all of them.
As it was already mentioned, InDesign is simply not geared for desktop printing. In fact, I never print directly from InDesign to an office printer of any kind. In my workflow, InDesign is an editing environment. Native files are saved, of course, but the primary output format is PDF. Every form of deployment is handled only after exporting my InDesign file to PDF.
...almost everything I do is 2 or 10 up to a page and I need to design the file to the final size - in other words I am not open to copying and pasting so there are actually 2 on the page - I make many adjustments to the file throughout the designing process and multiple copies would lead to errors.
You may need to adjust your thinking a bit here. Did you know that in Indesign, you can Place (link) an Indesign file? So, design your half-page postcard at real size. Make a 2 up layout, not via copy-paste, but by Placing two copies of the native design on a sheet. They link just like any file you Place. Save as 'postcard_2-up.indd'. If you make future edits to the original design, the linked copies in the 2-up file will update when that file is reopened.
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Super old post bust just in case anyone else is wondering:
I was printing some labels for a homemade wine and needed to figure this out. Workaround for printing 2-up from InDesign:
Add a page, put the same design on both pages, Print Booklet 2-Up Consecutive. Click "Print Settings" select Marks and Bleeds to turn on crop marks, click OK to return to print booklet setup and print it. The two pages will print side by side with crop marks. You're two pages will serve as a 2 up layout on one sheet. It's clunky but it's a workaround that serves the purpose.
Here's how I got "print booklet" to work for 2-up imposition in CS6: Specify page range 1,1; booklet type "2-up consecutive" and uncheck "print blank printer spreads." The 1,1 is the key: it tells the driver to double up page one without actually adding a duplicate page to the document.
For more complex imposition tasks, I export to PDF then use the Acrobat plugin "PDF Snake." This handy plugin can manipulate PDFs in several useful ways.