I'm trying to get InDesign to add new pages when I overset text while typing.

I have the preferences for Smart Reflow correct, but I'm not sure if my text frame is properly released; I still have the upper-left icon saying "this story is from the master's primary text flow" and if I change the frame in the master, my other frames do change.

I've tried to Shift+CMD+Click the frame to release it, but it does nothing. It does work on other master-page items though. Object > Anchored Object > Release is also greyed out.

Not sure what's happening here.

  • Are your frame threaded within the master pages ? If not InDesign won't know where to report the overflowing text…
    – Loic
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 16:45

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You can check if every single pages on a master have threaded text frames or do this connection: enter image description here

Once it's done, you can go onto the pages, override a frame and start adding text. Then as smart reflow is activated, new pages will be added if text temporarly overflows.

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