Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Overriding master page items, part of InDesign CS6 Essential Training.
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As I have 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, and you can't even select them. I have opened this Document and Exercise Folder 04 > B_arthistory and I can see that I have my running headers up here already. I'll zoom in on this running header on the left side of the page and there is something interesting about this frame. It has a dotted line, the dotted line means is the Master Page Item. Of course that bottom line is Overridden by Guides on three sides.
But you get the idea, the dotted indicates a Master page item. If I try and click on this, to move it, or edit, nothing happens. But I thought InDesign was all about letting me express my creativity. What if I want to change that can't I? Well, you can, you just need to know the trick. And the trick is you have to hold on two modifier keys that Command+Shift on Mac or Ctrl+Shift on Windows and when you're holding those modifier keys down and then click it Overrides, it pulls it off the Master page and it becomes a Document Page Item.
You can see that there's no longer a dotted line around it, it becomes a real selectable objects that I can move, I could delete, I could edit, anything I want. I'll zoom out with Command+Opt+0 or Ctrl +Alt+0 or I'll see the whole spread and I'll Command+Shift+Click or Ctrl+Shift+Click on Windows. On this other object over here and that deselected, it Overrides it, so it becomes a Page Object. Now I can just delete them they're gone. But What if I didn't mean delete them what is that there was a mistake? Well, don't panic! You can always get Master Page Items back.
And the way you do that, is to go to the Pages panel menu, scroll down to the Master Pages Sub menu and choose Remove All Locall Overrides, it kind of a double negative there, you're removing the Overrides. In other words you putting back everything that was on the Master Page and sometimes you'll open a Document that somebody sends you and you'll find that you still can't override those Master page items. It can really be a mystery. Let me show you what's going on. I'll double-click on the Master Page to jump to it. And I can select those Master Page Items by Shift+Clicking on each of them, that selects both of them.
Now I'll go to Pages panel menu, scroll down to Master pages and turn off Allow Master Item Overrides on Selection. That basically tells InDesign don't let anybody change those Master Page Items. In fact, if I back and I go back to my Document Pages, you'll see something interesting. I'll zoom in as you can see it better. There's no dotted line, there is no Solid line, there is no line at all. That's my indication that, that item cannot be Overridden. When it comes to building structure documents such as books and magazines Master Pages are a necessity for efficient workflow.
And controlling each Master page item is Key it's making sure that Final Document ends up just the way you wanted it.
- Getting started in just 30 minutes: the quick start guide to InDesign
- Understanding your workspace
- Creating and setting up new documents
- Creating and applying master pages
- Entering and editing text
- Placing graphics
- Working with color and gradients
- Editing frame and path shapes
- Working with layers, objects, and groups
- Rotating and scaling objects
- Applying character and paragraph formatting
- Using styles
- Creating and formatting tables
- Exporting to EPUB and interactive PDF
- Packaging, printing, and exporting your final document