Force a Chapter to Start on a Recto (Right) Page

A common practice in book layout is to set all chapters to start on a “recto” (or right-hand) page. By default, when you start a new design template in Hederis, all chapters and top-level sections will be set to start on a recto page, but if that setting got changed and you need to restore it, read on!

You can also set specific chapters or top-level sections to start on a recto, but let all the rest start on either a recto or verso. See the steps below for how to do that.

All Chapters of a Certain Type

To make sure all chapters of a certain type (e.g., all prefaces, or chapters, or appendixes, etc.) start on a recto page, do the following:

  1. In the Design pane, open a section of the type that you are trying to edit. For example, if you want all standard chapters to start on a recto, then open one of your book chapters in the Design pane.

  2. In the left sidebar, in the first drop-down menu, choose “Sections & Text.”

  3. In the second drop-down menu, choose your section type from the list (in this example, we’d choose SECT Chapter).

  4. Leave the third drop-down set to “All [SECT Chapters]” (that specific text will change to match the section type that you are adjusting.

  5. Below the dropdowns, expand the General option. You should see a checkbox to “Always start new chapters on a recto?”—click to select it.

  6. Click Save Design at the top left.

Now when you rebuild the PDF, or open the book in the full-book preview, all the chapters of the type that you were editing should start on a recto page.

One Specific Chapter

You can also set just one chapter or section to start on a recto page, for example, you could start the first chapter of the book on a recto, but let the following chapters start on either a recto or verso (to help save some pages).

  1. In the Design pane, open the section that you want to start on a recto.

  2. Now here’s the tricky part: as with other types of paragraphs and wrappers, you need to click to select your section in the Design Preview, in order to limit the changes to only that section. Find some white space between two different paragraphs or wrappers. For example, if you’ve added extra margin space above or below your chapter title, click in that white space.

  3. If you’ve managed to click the right spot, then in the second drop down menu in the left sidebar you should see the your section type automatically get filled in (for example, “SECT Chapter”), and in the third drop-down menu, you should have two options: “All SECT Chapters”, and “Only this SECT Chapter.” If you don’t see these options, then keep clicking in some of the white space on the page until you get your section selected.

  4. In the left sidebar, in the third drop-down menu, choose “Only this SECT Chapter” (or whatever type of section you’re adjusting).

  5. Below that dropdown, click to expand the General options. You should see a checkbox to “Always start new chapters on a recto?”—click to select it.

  6. Click Save Design at the top left.

Now only this section should start on a recto page.


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