Via CTRL+SHIFT+click one can override master page elements of an InDesign element, and by deleting it and re-applying the master page one can undo the overriding. But how can one find the overridden elements other than just "knowing" which elements should be from the master page but are editable on the current page?

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Start setting up dedicated master layers when creating masters. Even though the master layers are visible in layers panel when working in a regular page, only the items you have released from master can be selected / will be listed in your master layers.

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    Simple but effective, I like it. Too bad that won't work retroactively... Jul 13, 2016 at 13:04
  • yeah, a lot of things are like that in Indesign! I find often the most time is spent figuring out how to do stuff and not actually do them. Rebuilding a document can be a pain but also very satisfying when it works just the way you want it. Good luck.
    – HaraldCFS
    Jul 13, 2016 at 13:21
  • Unfortunately so... The catch is this means one has to manually merge the master-layer into another one if one wants to export to a PDF with layers, and then not save the InDesign document. Jul 14, 2016 at 9:51
  • ..What kind of document / project are you making?
    – HaraldCFS
    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:42
  • Documentation that is printed on a form by us but must contain that form itself as well, thus two layers. Jul 14, 2016 at 12:50

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