I'm new to InDesign so I fully accept I'm probably doing something stupid.

editing in InDesign

I've been given a template for making an a 7x5 card. I've managed to add the images okay but when I try to edit the text either by triple clicking on it or dragging the T tool to it Im unable to select the existing 'Image Title' text for modification.

What am I doing wrong ?

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    Maybe the text is in a locked layer or even in a master page.
    – Joonas
    Nov 16, 2015 at 15:59
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    – Vincent
    Nov 16, 2015 at 16:01
  • @Joonas thanks you were right there were two pages, the images were on Page 1 and the text was on A-Master, by doing got page and selecting A-Master I could change it. Dont know if right template works this way. Nov 16, 2015 at 16:09
  • The idea might be that you can easily make multiple versions with the same text, but different graphical elements in the background. There really aren't any standards, especially for templates.
    – Joonas
    Nov 16, 2015 at 16:15
  • the text will vary every time the image varies, but okay. Nov 16, 2015 at 16:15

1 Answer 1


Don't edit text on a master page. They are for repeating elements only, and you may actually forget to include such a page in your actual document (in which case it will not appear in your output), or use it more than once (and you end up with two same pages).

First "apply" that master to a blank new page so all of its elements appear, then use Cmd (or Ctrl)+Shift plus a mouse double-click on the element to make a local copy on your actual page, and edit at will. InDesign will remember you 'detached' the object from a master, and the original will disappear from that one page.

If you are serious about working with InDesign, consider taking an online course (Lynda) or buy a good beginner's tutorial book (anything from Sandee Cohen for your version). (For one, they will both remind you of the proper capitalization of the trademarked name "InDesign" 😉)

  • Currently Im only using inDesign one for one specific task but I wil look at a cousrse/book, I tried do what you said but failed with 'First apply that master to a blank new page so all of its elements appear' - I cant see how to do that. Nov 18, 2015 at 13:12
  • @Paul: ouch. Try the online help: helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/…
    – Jongware
    Nov 18, 2015 at 14:13
  • Ive ordered the Sandeen book, thx for the recomendation Nov 20, 2015 at 9:50
  • sidenote: @jongware I have to say Im rather disappointed in the inDesign CS6 book it basically explains whats the menu do without giving any indication of workflow or any critical appraisal of inDesign, Dec 2, 2015 at 11:16

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