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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.
Something I find pretty useful when I am working with multiple Master pages is to give them custom names. By default, each Master page has a alphabetic or alpha prefix, so A, B, C and so on. But of course, you can change that prefix. And then the default name for every Master page is just simply the word 'Master'. Not very useful actually. You can actually name that to anything you want. So for instance, maybe you want a chapter master page and an index master page and a section, title master page, whatever you want to use as your nomenclature here. So to give your Master pages custom names, you simply right-click on the thumbnail of the Master page that you want to change, or Ctrl+Click if you don't have a two button mouse, and choose Master Options for the selected page there.
So in this case A Master. That brings up a short little dialog or you can change the prefix if you want. You are limited to four characters for your prefix. So you can come up with any ingenious scheme that you want. And then you can also change the name. So if I call this Special or whatever you want. Go ahead and click OK and now that name is what shows up in the Pages panel in the Master page area for that particular thumbnail. If I want to customized Master page B again, right-click or Ctrl+Click and choose Master Options for "B-Master", and maybe, I call this 'Chapter'. I'll go ahead and click OK.
And we'll do one more right-click on Master Options for "C-Master", and maybe that is the name for Cover. So now, you have a much more descriptive view of what these Master pages are actually for, and it just makes it a little bit easier to remember and use them effectively.
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