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Chapter 12. Making Information in Longer... > Managing Master Documents and Subdoc...

Managing Master Documents and Subdocuments

When you must create and manage a long document that involves multiple sections, you can turn the document into a master document and subdocuments so that you can work on different parts independently. For example, if a team is collaborating on the development of The Garden Company’s annual catalog, it might be more efficient to split the catalog document into a master document and subdocuments so that different people can work on different parts simultaneously.


The master document is structured like an outline, with links to all the subdocuments. Clicking a link opens the corresponding subdocument. You can also open each subdocument in the usual way, without going through the master document. After you update and save a subdocument, clicking its link in the master document opens the new version of the subdocument. If you want to create a table of contents, an index, cross-references, and headers and footers for the entire document, you can do so in the master document after working on the subdocuments. For example, you can add index entries to each subdocument, number their pages consecutively, and then create an index from the master document for the entire larger document.


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