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Adobe InDesign CS3

Using Master Pages

Master pages act as a foundation for your document; they allow you to type or draw information once, then apply the master page to other pages of your document so this information appears on each of the pages.

Master pages are most useful when creating documents where the same elements need to appear at the same location on multiple pages.

For more information about Master pages, refer to Formatting Master Pages and Master Pages: An Overview.

return to topApplying Master Pages

By default, the A-Master is applied to all pages in your initial publication. You can apply a different master to any page(s) in your document by using the Apply Master dialog box or the Drag and Drop method. If you decide to create a document without applying the A-Master, you need to Remove the Master Pages Format.

Applying Master Pages: Dialog Box Option

  1. If the Pages palette is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Pages
    NOTE: A checkmark appears when this options is selected.
    OR
    On the Dock, click PAGESPages icon
    The Pages palette appears.
    Pages palette: Annotated

  2. In the Pages palette, select the document page icon(s) to which you would like to apply the master
    HINTS:
    To select multiple contiguous pages, hold [Shift] while clicking.
    To select multiple non-contiguous pages, hold [Ctrl] while clicking.

  3. Click MENUMenu icon» select Apply Master to Pages...
    The Apply Master dialog box appears.
    Apply Master dialog box

  4. From the Apply Master pull-down list, select the master you would like to use

  5. In the To Pages text box, type the range of pages you would like the master to apply to
    NOTE: Enter a hyphen (-) to list a range of pages, or separate individual pages by a comma (,).

  6. Click OK
    The master page(s) is applied to the indicated pages.

Applying Master Pages: Drag and Drop Method

  1. If the Pages palette is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Pages
    NOTE: A checkmark appears when this option is selected.
    OR
    On the Dock, click PAGESPages icon
    The Pages palette appears.
    Pages palette: Annotated

  2. In the Pages palette, click and hold the desired master page icon

  3. Drag the master page icon to the page or page spread you would like to apply the master to
    A rectangle appears around the selected page or page spread.

  4. Release the mouse button
    The master is applied to the selected pages.

  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for until you have reached the desired page layout

Removing the Master Pages Format

To create a document without master page formatting, you can simply remove the A-Master formatting from the pages.

  1. If the Pages palette is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Pages
    NOTE: A checkmark appears when this options is selected.
    OR
    On the Dock, click PAGESPages icon
    The Pages palette appears.
    Pages palette: Annotated

  2. In the Pages palette, select the document page icon(s) that you want to appear without master page formatting
    HINTS:
    To select multiple contiguous pages, hold [Shift] while clicking.
    To select multiple non-contiguous pages, hold [Ctrl] while clicking.

  3. From the Pages palette, click and hold the NO MASTER PAGE FORMATTING icon

  4. Drag the icon to the pages you wish to remove master page formatting from

  5. Release the mouse button
    The formatting is removed.

  6. Design the page by adding any text and graphic elements that you want to appear

return to topDisplaying Master Items

The Display Master Items feature may already be activated through InDesign's default settings. If you are not seeing the master page items on on or more pages of your document, do the following:

  1. If the Pages palette is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Pages
    NOTE: A checkmark appears when this options is selected.
    OR
    On the Dock, click PAGESPages icon
    The Pages palette appears.
    Pages palette

  2. Click on the page icon in which you want the Master Items displayed

  3. From the Pages Palette, click MENUMenu icon» select Show Master Items
    The selection changes from Show Master Items to Hide Master Items, and the Master Items appear on the selected page(s).
    NOTE: If the Master Items are already displayed, the Show Master Items selection will not be available.

return to topHiding Master Page Items

If you want to hide the master page items on one or more pages of your document, use the Hide Master Items feature.
NOTE: When items are hidden, they do not print.

Hiding Master Page Items: All of the Items

  1. If the Pages palette is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Pages
    NOTE: A checkmark appears when this options is selected.
    OR
    On the Dock, click PAGESPages icon
    The Pages palette appears.
    Pages palette

  2. Click the page icon in which you do not want the Master Items displayed

  3. From the Pages Palette, click MENUMenu icon» select Hide Master Items
    The selection changes from Hide Master Items to Show Master Items, and the Master Items are not displayed on the selected page(s).
    NOTE: If the Master Items are already hidden, the Hide Master Items selection will not be available.

Hiding Master Page Items: Selected Items

  1. If the Pages palette is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Pages
    NOTE: A checkmark appears when this options is selected.
    OR
    On the Dock, click PAGESPages icon
    The Pages palette appears.
    Pages palette

  2. Double click the page icon in which you do not want selected Master Items displayed
    The page appears in the document window.

  3. To hide a selected master item(s), in the document window, press and hold [Ctrl]+[Shift] while clicking the desired item(s)
    The master item(s) is selected.

  4. Press [Delete]
    The selected item(s) is removed from the desired page but still remains on the master.

return to topNumbering Pages

To have InDesign automatically number your pages:

  1. If the Pages palette is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Pages
    NOTE: A checkmark appears when this options is selected.
    OR
    On the Dock, click PAGESPages icon
    The Pages palette appears.
    Pages palette

  2. Double click the desired master page icon

  3. In the document window, use the Type Tool to create a text box where you want the page number to appear on the page

  4. From the Type menu, select Insert Special Character » Markers » Current Page Number
    Page numbers will automatically appear on the pages corresponding to that master page.
    NOTES:
    If you have multiple master pages, you will have to repeat these steps for each master page.
    If your master page(s) has a double-page spread, you must repeat these steps for each page of the master spread.

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