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Creating Master Pages

A master page holds and displays all the elements that you want to appear on every page in a document, such as headers, logos, page numbers, and footers. The master is like a background layer to a page. Everything on the background layer appears on the page above it. Master elements appear on document pages surrounded by a dotted border to make them easy to identify. When you create a new document, you also create a master page. If you want to create additional master pages, you can create them from scratch or from an existing page or spread.

Add Objects to an Existing Master Page

  • yellow_circle_01.jpg Select the Pages panel.
    • You can also click the Window menu, and then click Pages.
  • yellow_circle_02.jpg Double-click the master page in the master page area of the Pages panel.

    The master page or two page spread appears in the document window.

  • yellow_circle_03.jpg Add text boxes, graphics, or any other elements you want on the page.
  • yellow_circle_04.jpg Double-click a page in the document page area of the Pages panel.

    The elements added to the master page or spread appear on the document page.

Create a Master Page from an Existing Page

  • yellow_circle_01.jpg Select the Pages panel.
    • You can also click the Window menu, and then click Pages.
  • yellow_circle_02.jpg Drag a page or a spread from the document page area to the master page area.
    • You can also select a page or spread, click the Options menu, and then click Save As Master.

Create a Master Page from Scratch

  • yellow_circle_01.jpg Select the Pages panel.
    • You can also click the Window menu, and then click Pages.
  • yellow_circle_02.jpg Click the Options menu on the panel, and then click New Master.
  • yellow_circle_03.jpg Select from the following Pages panel options:
    • Prefix. Enter a prefix up to four characters. This identifies the applied master for each page.

    • Name. Enter a name for the master page.

    • Based on Master. Select an existing master on which to base the new master.

    • Number of Pages. Enter the number of pages (1-10) you want in the master spread.

  • yellow_circle_04.jpg Click OK.
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