this is driving me mad and I'm hoping one of you will have a solution for this. I have a master page spread here containing 2 pictures and 2 red lines. enter image description here Just to clarify this is not one red line going across from one page to another. The left page has one red line that ends at the centre line and the right page has one red line that begins at the centre line. enter image description here

I have applied this master to all the pages apart from one as you can see in the picture below: enter image description here

However, the line that's on the right master page spread still gets applied to the page and I don't know why this is happening. Could someone please let me know how to stop this from happening in the future? I made sure to select the right master page before I created the red line on the right, so why is it applying itself even though I didn't apply a master page to this specific page? enter image description here

I hope this makes sense, thanks for reading.

3 Answers 3


Check the end caps of the lines, if it is different than the first option, the line will remain at both pages.

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The slightest overlap of items on one side of spread will cause them to also fall on the other side of the spread, often taking precedence.

It appears to me that you have some overlap on the master page spread.


Treat the master pages as single pages. Break the red line into 2 objects, one for each half of the master page. Make sure they start and end exactly at the edge of each master page.

  • They are two objects. That's why it's so confusing. The spread contains of 2 pictures and 2 lines. Sorry if that wasn't clear. May 16, 2018 at 12:58
  • Double check. I just tried the same situation in my InDesign and yes, this only happens if the red line is a single object. My source file here we.tl/secKRKchNR Force apply the None master to any page and see what happens?
    – Lucian
    May 16, 2018 at 13:01
  • Even if you do have 2 objects there, make sure the line on the left page does NOT extend on the right master page.
    – Lucian
    May 16, 2018 at 13:05
  • Also likely you may have had that page with the A master applied initially, in which case the object might be a leftover if you made an over-ride, unlocking it from the applied master.
    – Lucian
    May 16, 2018 at 13:12
  • I did have it applied initially, if this is a leftover, how do I get rid of it? And why do I only have part of the master as a leftover? May 16, 2018 at 13:20

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