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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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Master page display on top in InDesign?

I read this question regarding Fireworks layers, where it said that master pages have to be applied underneath other layers. Is this true for InDesign as well? If not, how does one put the Master ...
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InDesign: How to restore text-frame position/size to be managed by the master page instead of the actual page?

I have some designer that moved slightly a text-frame and in order to be managed again by the master page we need to remove the page and create a new one inserting the content in it. Is there any ...
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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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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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Text Variables on Master Slide in InDesign CS6

Currently I want to neatly organise a batch of 500 PDFs in one InDesign document. I placed them slide by slide into my document, and now I thought of adding a small box on the corner of each slide ...
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Mirrored spreads page reshuffling: objects partially outside pages don't update positions

Working on a file with a mirror layout where the inside margins are bigger than the outside margins. When creating a new page in the middle of the file or changing page positions, objects are ...
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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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Adobe Indesign master pages not aligning properly when loaded or synchronized

I have document DA with master page MB that is based on master page MA. In another document DB I load the master pages from DA. The master page MB is shifted down, the items shifted down are the ones ...
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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, how do I make chapters vary in colour scheme?

I'm new to InDesign and am working on a catalogue for my company. I'd like each catalogue chapter to have a different colour scheme - e.g. chapter 1 uses blues, chapter 2 uses reds, etc. I've ...
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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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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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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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How to find overridden master page elements?

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 ...
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Layout attached to a master page but with a different swatch for every page/document

If I need to make more than a hundred documents, with the same layout but different content, it seems to make sense for me to use a master page and do them in the same InDesign file (exporting them to ...
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InDesign: Re-Link text frames to master page [duplicate]

I need to ask for your help again ;) I am working at a 200-page-Document for our high school graduation, which is going to be printed as a book and contains a page for each student with a photo and a ...
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InDesign: I need a repeating image on every page, and paragraph styles with a variable aren't working

I have a lot of sub-chapters and each sub-chapter needs to have on each page an image. I was thinking of putting the image on the first page of the sub-chapter and set to paragraph style A. Then ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I get InDesign CS6 to stop re-apply text from masters when I add a new page?

This is best explained in picture. Here is the master as set up: Here is the spread before I add a new page: And then here's what happens after I try to add a new page (noticed the super-imposed ...
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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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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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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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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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Make multiple variations from 1 master file

I'm making business cards in photoshop and want to have multiple variations of the same "base". For example let's assume we have something like this: We want this to be our Master File. Child files ...
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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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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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Why does InDesign only return the field name when I data merge multiple records on a master page?

I'm trying to data merge multiple records on a page. The single record per page works fine. But when I try for multiple records through the master page I get this: Why is InDesign displaying the ...
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Can I combine a few sub master pages to one main master page?

In my document I want to have three different headers and five different backgrounds and one footer. Do I need to create a separate master page for each combination of header-background-footer? Or ...
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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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Inserting page causes master to center\resize

When I insert a page or pagination changes within my book, the headers\footers set in my masters center on the spread. The error does not occur when I insert a page that does not have a text box for ...
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Special Characters (InDesign) Total pages marker? [duplicate]

Is there a special character marker for Total Pages? I can use a marker on my master page for current page where it will say A, but if I want it to say A of 3 (3 being the total number of pages) is ...
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Can I Copy an InDesign page along with the master page?

I am trying to make a calendar, so I have downloaded a simple calendar template (InDesign Markup Document) which has 12 pages for each month The 12 pages contains just text for each month with all ...
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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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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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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: 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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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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I have a inline image aligned to the right in a master with one column. How to keep the image to the right with 2 cols master_

I have a master with only one column (A) and the picture it-s into the text frame. Now I need 2 columns but how to make the logo to stay on the right? We found 2 solutions but are not very good: ...
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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 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 ...
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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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Connected Text Frames in InDesign Page Master

New to InDesign and working on book that is mostly text. Trying to design master page with two empty text frames with different character and paragraph properties that are somehow connected/related so ...
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InDesign (CS4) Master Page Overrides

I have an InDesign document with master pages defined. I created the document and the masters. I have overrides allowed on several items on the master page, and have been able to alter them on a ...
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