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Author David Blatner provides in-depth training on InDesign CS5, the print and interactive page layout application from Adobe, in InDesign CS5 Essential Training. The course shows how to create new documents with strong and flexible master pages, precisely position text and graphics, prepare documents for print, and export designs as interactive PDF or Flash SWF files. Exercise files are included with the course.
As I mentioned in the last movie, InDesign protects master page items when you're on a document page. You can't move them. You can't delete them. You can't even select them. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to zoom in to the lower-left corner of my Catalog page here, and I can see that this is a master page item. I know that because of those dotted lines around it. And you could see that I cannot select it; I can't click on it, I can't do anything to it. So what do I do if I want to get rid of the page number? Well, you need to override the master page item. That is, you need to sort of take it off the master page and make it a document item.
And to do that, you need to hold-down two keyboard shortcuts, Command and Shift, or on Windows it's Control and Shift. Here on the Mac, I'm going to hold-down Command+Shift and then, here's the trick, Click. And that removes it from the master page item. It overrides it, and it becomes a regular document page item again that I can do stuff too. I could delete it. I could move it. In this case, I'm simply going to go use the Type tool, select that 2, that automatic page number, and delete it. So, that's the effect I was looking for.
I don't want the Page number on this page. Now I try and avoid overriding master pages, because it can get you into trouble if you do it too often, but in some cases like this, it's the only thing you can do. However, I also want to point out that if you do make a mistake, and you want to set this back to the way it was on the master page, you can do that too. I'll choose my Selection tool, the black arrow tool, click on the item that I want to set back to being a master page item, and then I'm going to go to the Pages panel, and in the Pages panel menu, there is the secret feature called Remove Selected Local Overrides.
I call it secret not because it really is, but just because it's so hidden inside this long list of items. But Remove Selected Local Overrides will throw away any overrides I've done, and replace it with a brand- new fresh master page item. You see I even get my dotted line back. So once again, Command+Shift+Click, or Ctrl+Shift+Click on Windows, will override a master page item, so I can edit it, then I can do something to it, let's say delete it, and I can put it back by going to the Pages panel menu. In this case, there's nothing for me to select on the page, but I can still go back to the Pages panel menu, choose that item that says Remove All Local Overrides.
In this case, it says All Local Overrides instead of Selected Local Overrides, because there's nothing selected on my page. So it just replaces all of the master page items on to this page. When it comes to building structured documents, such as books and magazines, master pages are necessity for an efficient workflow, and controlling each master page item is key in making sure that the final document ends up just the way you wanted it.
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