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Master pages in QuarkXPress are most commonly used to contain repeating elements that appear on multiple pages in your document. Those repeating items can be anything, but usually they are something like a running head at the top or a folio at the bottom or some repeating graphics or automatic page numbers. If you have a facing pages document such as the one we have here, you will see that the pages appear side-by-side and can have different elements on the left and right pages. If you have a single sided layout, all the pages based on that master page will have the same elements on them.
Now you could have multiple master pages in a layout and then use those master pages on the appropriate pages in the layout that you want to have those items appear on. So as an example, in this little book that we put together you can see that at the bottom of the page we have automatic page numbering happening and we also have a separate little text box on the left and one on the right. If we look at the master pages for this, we can see how that's constructed. Now there are actually four different ways to get to the master page of a layout page. The way I like to do it is to use this new feature down at the bottom of the window that looks like this.
It is the View master page icon and it is a toggle. If you click it, it will show you the master page that the page is based on. If you click it again, it takes you back to where you were in the document on the page you were looking at. That's by far the easiest way to get to a master page for a layout page. But the other ways to do it include under the Page menu you can choose Display and then choose the master page or you can do go the Page Layout palette and double-click on the master page up here. The fourth way to get to a master page is to go down to the Pages pop-up menu down here.
When you click on this little arrow here, it will pop-up icons for each of the pages in your document including the master page. You can simply click on the one you want. These are the layout pages and right here is the master page. The master page is indicated by a letter and these little dotted lines. When I click on that, we go to the master page. But like I said really the easiest way to do is to click this little icon at the bottom and you go back to your layout page and back to your master page. If you ever want to print a master page, all you have to do is go to the master page, like I'm doing here by clicking on this little toggle down at the bottom and choose File > Print.
Because there can be multiple master pages within a layout, if you want to print all of the master pages, you have to go to each master page and then select Print. By the way, it's pretty easy to tell whether you are on a master page or a layout page, because master pages have this little linking icon in the upper left corner while layout pages don't. So now that we've seen where master pages live and how to get to them, we'll onto how to work with them.
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