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Questions about a utility in Adobe InDesign that can be used to apply a style or template to a subsequent set of pages.

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Margins only displaying on document pages, not master pages

I'm running into a problem I haven't encountered before; I set up a document in InDesign and my margins are correct on all of my document pages, but when I click on the Master page they are not ...
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InDesign CC dynamically apply colour to text from master page

I have a timeline on a master page, then pages for most of the items on the timeline. I want to set a character style to the item on the timeline related to the current page. The content, position, ...
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Set text to white automatically on dark spreads

I'm working on an illustrated book with artwork throughout. Every so often, I have a spread that has a dark background. I've created a Master page with headers and folios set in white but I can't see ...
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Placed image sharp in Master but not on Page?

I've also asked this over on the subreddit, as it's fairly urgent (last minute change before sending to print) but I'm not sure it will get picked up there. Hi there Fairly basic user of indesign so ...
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InDesign: How to import repeating XML with multiple masters

I currently have importing XML in InDesign working, but I'd like to work with multiple masters so that the page design alters every other spread. Something like: [ A-left | A-right ] [ B-left | B-...
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InDesign: Create a flipbook-style effect with a custom image on each page using parent pages?

I'd like to 'animate' an image at the bottom of the page of an existing book, so people can flip through and see the image change. I could probably do this to a new document with data-merge, but I ...
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Copy grid and margins to a master page in InDesign

I am wanting to copy a pages grid layout and margins to my A-Parent (master) page. So far I have tried to drag the whole page in the pages panel to A-Parent but then it has made two new parent pages.
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How to show an object that is outside of the artboard on the master page on all created pages? *INDESIGN

I'm trying to add a group of graphic elements next to the artboard (page) that would be used on each created page. I tried to place the group next to the artboard on the master page, but it doesn't ...
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Apply a font change script in master pages

InDesign script to replace all fonts in a document I used the above script to change fonts in multiple documents, only to find out that it doesn't also change the fonts in the Master Pages, which I ...
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How to make the tab character work for text aligned to the right

Here is how the tab character typically works: Is there a way to have the same behavior when the text is aligned to the right and not the left? That is, if we talk about the right page of a spread, ...
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Why can I only unlock some elements in my master template in Adobe InDesign?

So I am using templates, and can override the locked master items (e.g. text boxes and headers) yet cannot seem to unlock an image (which I am using as a placeholder to replace with the correct image ...
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Why are some pages not numbered in Adobe Indesign CS6?

I have 2 pages (that I've discovered so far) that do not have page numbers on them. I have already applied page numbering to the master pages, and all the other pages have page numbers. To show you ...
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Master pages and applying adjustments to photo place holder frames in InDesign

I am working on a photobook right now in ID 2021 with the same size place holder frame and margins applied to all pages. I want to increase my margin and the size of the photo frame and apply it to ...
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InDesign: Can I automate Master Page assignment to multiple, non-contiguous, pages without using page numbers?

I need to replace a couple existing master pages with other existing master pages. I am familiar with how to replace master pages in general. I have Master Pages - A, B, C, D, E, F. I need to replace ...
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InDesign: override master page text style while maintaining master page text content?

Say I've got a master page with a text box on it, and in that text box I have the text "cat." I color the text black. I then apply this master to a basic document page, allow overrides on ...
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Merge two facing pages with Indesign

I have such a document: 1) How to merge each spread (two facing pages) into one big page? For example, how to convert pages 2-3 (each of them A4) into a single A3 landscape page, without having to ...
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Master pages with elements that are locked!

A friend of mine gave me an InDesign file which has A-Master page that has two elements on it, but when I try to copy the whole page, it only copies the elements that were added afterwards. The ...
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Page numbers reversed from 10 - Indesign

I have a strange thing in Indesign. I put automatic page numbers in my master A both for the left page as for the right page. On the right pages everything is ok, but on the left pages as from "10", ...
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Issue updating master pages in InDesign book

I have the following setup in InDesign CC 13: A book.indb with a front matter, several chapters of text, and an end matter, each as a separate .indd document. The front matter is set as style source ...
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Indesign Spread Numbering

I have come across this guide, that makes spread numbering possible. However, this method relies on autoflowing text and it doesn't work for me. My project has 13 intricate master pages laid out ...
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960 grid's indesign template - pinkish background

I am a new InDesign user and in the 960 grids' indesign template there are pinkish backgrounds filling the columns. -- EDIT -- I am asking that in indesign with which element the pinkish areas are ...
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InDesign: master page item can't be removed after overriding it

I seem to have a strange problem. In InDesign, in the master page (right side / odd numbered pages) I have a simple graphic, but when I delete it using ctrl+shift+click Delete, another one is ...
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InDesign: Change Layout of Overridden Frames by Master Page

I'm using InDesign to format a teacher's guide. Each activity will be based on an Activity Master Page (call it B). So I set up B with the frames I want to appear on each activity page. Then, to add ...
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How do I layout small pages on a large print sheet?

This is a follow-up to my previous question, where I used "step and repeat" to arrange several identical "postcards" on an A4 sheet side-by-side, to be cut after printing. See attached example. Now ...
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How can I test and apply certain changes to all documents in a book file?

I have a book file with around 75 documents amounting to 1927 pages. All of these documents contain the same paragraph style 'Body'. My first question is: How can I "test" a change in 'Body' to all ...
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Rectangle on master footer in InDesign doesn't appear in pdf

I add a rectangle and some text at the footer of a master page. They are all there in InDesign, but when I export it to pdf, the rectangle disappears. I check layer of the rectangle, it's visible. ...
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How to apply a master page to every Nth page?

Is there a expression/code in "apply master page" dialogue to apply selected master to every n pages, for example every 6th page? Any scripts suggestions will be appreciated!
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Editing text from Master Page?

In InDesgin, if I create an object (a tinted rectangle, for example) with a blank text frame inside it on a master page, will I be able to enter text on my document pages? I can't seem to figure out ...
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InDesign: current page number adjustment

Can't figure out if there's a way to add a '0' (zero) before the current page number on a master page, so that only pages 1 to 9 get listed as '01', '02', etc instead of '1', '2', etc. thanks
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Master page elements displaying when no master applied

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. Just to clarify this is not one red line going ...
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How to UN-override master page items with InDesign

I just learned with master pages, you can override items by pressing control, shift and left click the item. Or you can use this option on a page: But how do you selectively prevent items from being ...
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Re-overriding elements in InDesign

If you have overridden elements from the A-Master in several pages, is there any way of reconnecting them if you change your mind?
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How to ensure a photo changed on an Indesign master page carries to all child pages?

I'm setting up a template for a document's Cover, Tabs, and Divider Pages. There are photos that need to be on all pages, so I've started with a "Master Master" that has the images and other objects ...
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Is it possible to apply a right side master to a left side page in InDesign?

Is there any way to apply a right side master in a spread to a left side page? If not, is there a way to split all master page spreads into single master pages, so they can be applied to both right ...
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How to automatically apply alternate Master pages in inDesign CS6?

I have set up two different spreads as Master pages and I have to alternate between them as I add new pages I want the spreads to alternate A-B-A-B, cycling through about 200 pages. Is there a ...
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InDesign: How to restore group element to master?

In Adobe InDesign, is there a way to restore an group element that's been overridden from a master to its original master state? I found this answer for restoring position to an overridden element: ...
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InDesign: preserving master page elements when adding single pages into a 2-page-spread document

I am designing a report for a municipality that shows different measures that municipality should take. The whole report has more content so I have set up one master page that has the page numbers and ...
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How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6?

How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6? I would like to lock those properties in each page in Indesign. Sometimes the designers get wrong and drag and drop the text frame ...
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Use master pages to change text frame on every page

I am currently using InDesign to edit a book that my father wrote and is republishing. He is making some changes, most notably, differently sized pages. I was able to very easily change the size of ...
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Can two master pages be applied to one page in InDesign?

Is there a way of applying two master pages in one page? I want to make an adjustable InDesign template for a report that could be used for various projects. So I want to have one of the master pages ...
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Image is blocking my subheader I have on the A master pgs (needs to be on every page)

I have an image that I need at the top of the article but I also have the company name on every single page (it's an requirement) so I had the company name as a A master page and applied to every ...
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In InDesign how can you script to detect a locked object?

I have an InDesign brochure that I'm trying to script against however I'm running into issues. When I try to script against the 100 page brochure I get an: Error Number: 11274; Error String: ...
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Overrides for specific element of a master page

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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Setting paragraph style of page numbers in InDesign

I am trying to set up page numbers in my brochure in inDesign. When I view the pages through a page master (Pages > A-Master), I set up my page numbers to look like this in Paragraph Style (Paragraph ...
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Changing the default master page applied when creating a new page

I have an InDesign document with two different page layouts, and two different master pages for each layout. When I click "Create new page" in the Pages Panel, it defaults to applying the "B" Master ...
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Scribus: Master Page features lost behind image

I have a Master Page in my document set as a footer, with document name and page number. This appears on most pages. When I paste an image or text frame onto a page with the Master Page applied, the ...
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Indesign: Find which pages apply certain masters

I couldn't find this on my own. Using InDesign CC, I have set up 17 masters and +100 pages on a document. Hovering over a page will tell me which master it has applied to it. Ideally, the converse ...
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Indesign running-header character style doesnt work if characters are the number in a list

I have a list [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and in the paragraph style is set that the number [1, 2, 3, 4...] is of character style A. Now I set a variable for the character style A and it doesn't show up the ...
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Force page footer in master to stick to the bottom of pages of different height in Indesign

I'm trying to create a website prototype in Indesign. It consists of multiple pages with different height (home page, article page, archive page etc.). I created a master page with header and footer ...
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How to re edit master pages, apply them to all pages, but keep the specific items on each page intact?

I have a master page with a footer and a text box to write specifics on each page. I needed to re edit the footer and I had already written on the text boxes on each page. When I re edit the ...