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Adobe InDesign CS3

Master Pages: An Overview

The Master pages feature in InDesign CS3 acts much like a template; it allows you to keep elements consistent on each page of your document. The Pages palette is used to easily navigate between the pages of your document.

For more information on Master pages, refer to Formatting Master Pages and Using Master Pages.

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Some elements that might be useful to include on your master pages are the following:

return to topThe Pages Palette

In order to understand how to use master pages well, you must first have a clear understanding of the Pages palette. The Pages palette is the easiest way to move between master pages and document pages, apply master pages, and create additional pages from a master page.

The Pages palette is divided into two sections: the master page pane and the document pages pane.
Pages palette: Annotated

The top half of the Pages palette is the master pages pane. It shows all available master pages, as well as an icon for removing master page formatting from a page. Each master page displayed in the Pages palette has a unique prefix to differentiate it from the other master pages, as well as an icon on the right side of the palette indicating whether it contains information for a single page or for both pages of a two-page spread.

The bottom half of the Pages palette is the document pages pane. This pane shows icons for all the pages of your document and indicates whether they appear as single pages or part of a two-page spread. Each icon has a letter displayed on it, specifying which of the master pages is applied to this page. If a page has no master formatting applied, no letter appears on the icon.

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