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Chapter 4. Building a Document > Modifying Your Pages

Modifying Your Pages

Fortunately for desktop publishers, you can change the foundation of your document significantly more easily than a construction worker can change the foundation of a building. Not only can you modify your master pages in all sorts of ways, as we've seen, but you can modify the underlying page size, margins, column guides, and more. Let's look at each of these controls.

Changing Page Size

Even after you've clicked OK in the New Document dialog box and begun adding pages to a document, you can still change the page size in the Document Setup dialog box (choose Document Setup from the File menu; see Figure 4-20). Note that this dialog box bears a striking resemblance to a portion of the New Document dialog box. The rules are just the same (see “Page Size,” at the beginning of this chapter).

Figure 4-20. The Document Setup dialog box


Your only real limitation in modifying page size is the size of any objects you have already placed on the page. QuarkXPress won't let you make a page so small that page elements would “fall off” the pasteboard (the size of the pasteboard surrounding each page is determined by the size of your document page). If this is a limiting factor, you may be able to work around the problem by adjusting the width of the pasteboard (see “Tip: Adjusting Your Pasteboard,” in Chapter 2, QuarkXPress Basics). The program also prevents you from making the document so small that the margin guides bump into each other. If that's the problem, first change the margin guides (I'll tell you how to do that in just a moment).

Changing Facing Pages

You can use the Document Setup dialog box to change one other page feature: facing pages. If you originally made your document single-sided, you can change to a facing-page document by checking Facing Pages in the Document Setup dialog box. Facing-page documents can have both single-sided and facing-page master pages. When you turn on the Facing Pages option, the blank facing-page icon is enabled on the Document Layout palette; XPress does not, however, change your current master pages into facing-page master pages.

You cannot change a facing-page document to a single-sided document if you have any facing master pages. If you need to change a facing-page document to a single-sided document (there's rarely a reason to do so), first delete all the facing master pages (select them from the Document Layout palette and click the Delete button), then turn off the Facing Pages checkbox in the Document Setup dialog box.

Changing Margins and Guides

As I mentioned earlier, every page in your document has the same margins until you create multiple master pages, each with different margins. When you first open a master page, its margin guides are set to the values you specified in the New Document dialog box. You can change these margins by selecting Master Guides from the Page menu. Remember that the Master Guides menu item is only available when a master page is being displayed.

Migrants from PageMaker should be aware that QuarkXPress's column guides cannot be repositioned by dragging them with the mouse. Instead, you change the Column Guides settings in the Master Guides dialog box. QuarkXPress lets you have a different number of columns and varied gutter sizes for each master page (all the columns must be the same width, however). If you want to have no column guides on a page, type “1” in the Columns field.

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