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By David Blatner | Thursday, May 24, 2012

InDesign Secrets: Uncovering hidden running headers and page numbers

In this week’s free InDesign Secrets episode, David Blatner considers the annoying mystery of covered-up master page items, like headers, footers, and page numbers. Sometimes, although you may have used a master page to apply these items to every page, there are occasions when your headers, footers, and page numbers may get stuck behind a particular graphic or text frame on random pages within your document. In these cases, even when you try to send the obscuring object to the back (via the Arrange command), your running header or page number is still mysteriously hidden, probably because it’s on a layer that’s lower in the stack than the one that houses the offending item.

The answer, as David reveals in the video below, is to place these items on a new layer that sits above everything else. It’s relatively easy to grab master page items (running headers, folio information, logos you want on every page, etc.) and move them to the topmost layer where nothing can bother them. I have to admit that, while my own Photoshop files are full of layers to the point of possible obsession, I often forget to use and/or troubleshoot layers when I’m working in InDesign. David’s tip is a good reminder of how productive a little layer troubleshooting can be. It’s easy to think of folios as the bottom of the z-axis, or the canvas on which your individual pages are created, but it helps to break outside that thinking.

Note: If you’re a member of lynda.com and you’re unsure about how to get started creating your first master page items, David offers some foundational training on how to use master pages and insert a running header that changes throughout your document in the Creating and applying master pages movie from chapter four of his InDesign CS6 Essential Training course. While this particular movie shows you how to work with master pages in InDesign CS6, the information also applies to earlier versions of InDesign as well. If you’re using an earlier version of InDesign and you want to be sure you’re seeing your own version of the interface in the movie, you can also find this movie in David’s earlier CS5, CS4, and CS3InDesign Essential Training courses.

Meanwhile, David’s partner in InDesign secrecy, Anne-Marie Concepcion, has a new exclusive InDesign Secrets movie for lynda.com members this week that discusses five tricks for impressing your coworkers with your mastery of InDesign guides. As a freebie tip—don’t forget, guides can also be applied to master pages to achieve convenient, consistent alignment across all of your document pages. It’s all about synergy in secrecy this week!

Anne-Marie and David will be back in two weeks with two more InDesign secrets.

Interested in more? • The entire InDesign Secrets bi-weekly series • Courses by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion on lynda.com • All lynda.com InDesign courses

Suggested courses to watch next:• InDesign CS6 New FeaturesInDesign CS6 Essential Training• Creating Long Documents with InDesign

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