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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
So I want to give you a shortcut that's going to come in handy more often than you think. And that's the ability to apply a Master Page to more than one page at a time. So first let's make sure we review how to apply a Master Page to any other given page. So here I am on page 26 in this document. I have got the A-Master Page applied to it. And I can apply any other Master Page I want to it in a number of ways. I am just going to give you the easy way, and that's simply drag the thumbnail of the Master Page I want to use to the page that I want to use it on. So if I want to drag the C-Master Page to page 26, I just go ahead to do that.
Just drag and drop and now I have applied C. You can see the little thumbnail updates to give me the letter C. And I have just given it a color difference between the A-Master Page and the C-Master Page, so C is the orange and A is the Green. I am going ahead and Undo that. So pretty straightforward, just drag and drop. It's really a quick way to just apply Master Pages directly by dragging and dropping. But now I want to apply the C-Master Page to pages 26, 27 and 28. All three. So you might think, "I will go ahead and Shift+Click on these three pages, and "then go drag the Master Page icon to one of those selected pages." The problem is the minute you click to start dragging on C, you lose your page selection.
You are like, "Oh, what happened there?" so there must be a different way to do it. And there is of course. Let's go ahead and select the three pages again, and instead of dragging or clicking the drag on C-Master. What's the make-better key? That's right, your friend the Option or Alt key. I am going to hold down Option or Alt and click on the Master Page icon I want. And I have now applied the C Master Page to all the selected pages. And just as a reminder those pages don't need to be sequential. I mean you can hold down the Command key on the Mac or the Ctrl key on Windows and select discontinuous page ranges and actually skip pages if you want.
And then again, Option+Click or Alt+Click on the Master Page icon you want to apply and all the selected pages, whether they're continuous or not, get that new Master Page applied to them. Sweet.
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