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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.
Hopefully by now you know that Master Pages can save you a ton of time. They are really useful when you want certain content, whether it be actual graphics or text, or in this case, page numbers and a header or guides or whatever you want to appear on a multiple range of pages there. It just saves you from having to duplicate all these content items on every single page manually. So if you take a look at this document on page 26. I don't really have anything on this page yet except for the header and the page number. And you'll see I can't actually select these items because these items don't actually exist on this page.
They exist on the Master Page that's been applied to page 26. And you can see on the thumbnail that tells me that it's Master Page A. So if I double-click on Master page A's thumbnail on the Pages panel, you can see that's where the content actually lives, and it lets me actually select it. So instead of saying page 26, the page number placeholder here is giving me the A as the Master Page A is where I am at. And then there is the header, if I want to double-click and edit that text, I, of course can do that. So that brings us to - well what if I want to customize the particular content on a specific page and make it slightly different than the version that is on the Master Page that's applied to that page? Let's go to page 26 again.
So for instance, instead of I just saying Header, if I look at the other pages, I have been customizing these Header sections here, the Header Text to be a little more descriptive for the page that we're particularly talking about at any given time. So how do I customize that? Well what you need to do is on the page that you want to customize, any Master Page content, you need to override that Master Page item, and create a local version of it to that page. Now it still maintains the link to the Master Page, meaning if I change its position or the formatting on the Master Page version I can have that update and maintain a relationship to the page it's applied to.
But if I want to control it specifically, I can create overrides, so that's what we are doing here. I am going to hold down Command+Shift on the Mac or Ctrl+Shift on Windows and just click on the Master Page element that you want to override. In this case, I am going to click Command+Shift+Click right on the Header. And you will see there is brief little pause, and what it does is it creates a copy of that Master Page element and puts a local version of that on this page. I can now move it because it's white text on a white background. You can't see it any more, but I will go ahead and Undo that. I can even double-click and now start editing that text. Pretty cool.
So now that has been overridden and I can create a local version of that by that trick. Command+Shift+Click or Ctrl+Shift+ Click on Windows on any Master Page element that you actually want to override and customize for that specific page.
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