I would like to assign a higher level to a page-number text frame in a master document so that the page number appears in front of all objects of a document page. The manual tells me I can do it , but it fails to tell me how. Can you help? Thank you!
You're not going to be able to do that without unlocking the master page element. By default — and by design — master page elements are designed to be in the background.
If you absolutely must have your master page element/page number above everything else, you can do it by:
Please be advised that this element will no longer be a master page element, and unexpected consequences may ensue. But if that's the effect you want, you can do it by manually going through the steps above on a page-by-page basis.
Hope this helps,
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Put the page number on its own layer on hte Master Page and set that layer higher than background items in the Layers panel.
To add to Scott's answer, you can have multiple layers for the masters.
For example, one below the document layer(s) for items you want below document objects, and one above for items you always want on top of document objects. Lock the master layers so you don't accidently put objects on them.
Good tip. I have not locked the master top layer yet, and I will!
This seemed to be the best solution. Thanks. I acheived the result I wanted, which is having the page number appear on all pages.
Usually you don’t want to override master page items unless they need to be edited, so if you follow Scott’s suggestion of putting the page numbers on their own layer above other layers, there will be no need to override and move each folio:
I would advise to use layers. Layers (Window Layers) are interleaved but a higher layer allways is ontop of a lower layer.
If you have a layer called say "folio" above all other layers put your page number on this layer and it will be on top of all else.
You can ofcourse override items, but this is my preffered method and layers is a great way to work. (The problem is that layers is not part of the new Essential workspace and so is not as obvious part of the workflow as is when you sue Essentials Clasic or other workspace.)
I concur that the layers is probably the best way here.
If you can confirm this works for you we can mark the solution as correct.
If not - then please let us know how we can help further.
Thank y'all for the insight for using layers on the masters to get the OP to his best fix.
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