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Chapter 2. Page Layout > Applying Master Pages and Master Spreads

Applying Master Pages and Master Spreads

To apply a master page or master spread to a document page (or even to another master page, in order to create “based on” master), do one of the following.

  • Drag and drop the master page spread icon or master page icon on a page icon (see Figure 2-36). Usually, this just affects a single page, but if you move the cursor carefully around the icons until a thick black line appears around the whole spread, the master page is applied to all pages in the spread. This is a slow and tedious process which you’ll perform once and then never do again.

    Figure 2-36. Applying Master Spreads with Drag and Drop

    Drag a master spread icon out of the master spreads area of the Pages palette and drop it on a document page or spread.

    InDesign applies the margins and columns of the master spread to the document spread.

  • Select a master page in the Pages palette and then choose Apply Master to Pages from the Pages palette menu (see Figure 2-37). Enter the page, or pages, to which you want to apply the master spread. To enter non-contiguous pages, enter commas between the page numbers (“1, 3, 10, 12, 22”), or enter page ranges (“55-73”), or mix ranges and individual pages (“1, 3, 7-13, 44”). This is a reasonably speedy method if you know exactly what pages you want to change.

    Figure 2-37. Applying Master Spreads Using the Apply Master to Pages Option

  • Select the page or pages to which you want to apply the master page in the Pages palette, and then Option/Alt-click on the master page. Remember that you can Shift-click to select contiguous pages or Command/Ctrl-click to select noncontiguous pages. This is the fastest method, period.


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