Is there a way to allow overrides for a specific element on a master page? Right now it seems I can only 'Override All Master Page Items' from the drop down menu.

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Command/Ctrl+Shift+click the item(s) you want to override on the page you want them overridden on. This will unlock them from the master page and make them in-page elements.

If you want to override all master pages items on several pages, simply highlight the pages in the Pages Panel and choose Override All Master Page Items from thePages Panel menu. However, this will only work for all master items. You can't cherry pick which master items get overridden with this method.

  • I'm trying to find a way to achieve this for all the pages the master page has been applied to Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 18:13
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    So you no longer want the master page item on the master pages? I think that will encompass a lot of copy/pasting. Copy from master, delete, then paste in place on every page you need the object. Or go through all pages command-shift-clicking the object, then go delete it from the master page.
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 18:14
  • It's a text box. I just want to 'unlock' all the instances of this text box at once to be able to write inside them Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 18:16
  • I don't think there's an easy method other than my comment above. Perhaps someone else will have a good method.
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 27, 2014 at 18:18
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    That is simply not true. If that's happening on your system, then it's an issue on your system.
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 17:03

Just found this question now and thought it was interesting. Here is a little script that gets the job done.

Just save it as a .jsx in your script folder, select an object on a master page and run the script with a double click.

//DESCRIPTION:Overrides a selected item of the master page in the entire document.
#target InDesign

if(! (app.selection.length == 1) ){
    alert("Error\rSelect exactly one item on a master page and try again.");

var sel = app.selection[0];
var masterSpread = sel.parentPage.parent;

if(! (masterSpread.constructor.name == "MasterSpread") ){
    alert("Error\rThe selected item is not on a master page. Select an item on a master page and try again.");

var doc = app.activeDocument;
var side = sel.parentPage.side;

for(var i = 0; i < doc.pages.length; i++){
    var page = doc.pages[i];
    if(page.side == side && page.appliedMaster == masterSpread){

This should work in most cases, however it will not work in more complicated setups with spreads that contain more than 2 pages etc.

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