Changing from one master to another but keeping text.

New Here ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Hello,

 

I have a master page for most of my pages.

Now I made a new master page with a new layout but pretty much the same text areas.

If I apply this to the pages with the old master page I get both the old and the new text areas.

 

Is there a way that I can link the text areas of the two masters together so when I change master the text is transferred to the new master?

 

Hope I have been clear enough with my question. I know I could do this with parent master pages if I had that workflow from the beginning. But since I don't, is there a way to achieve this?

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Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Since you can create a Master based on another Master, I guess you can achieve what you want with a couple of clicks.

Right click on your master

Select the proper Master under the label "Based on"

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Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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I mean

Right Click on a Master and select "Options of the Master"

A window appears and then you select your Based-on Master

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Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Actually I tried this, but it did not work. Logically it feels like it should work but it did not.

 

I removed all text areas fom the new master.

I based the new master on the old master and unlocked and moved the text areas to their correct place.

I applied the new master to the page which had the old master.

Result on the page: The unlocked text fields from the old master was still there and the text fields from the new master were also there.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Can you save the file as a different name  and replace with the new Master and delete the old Master page?

Lee- Graphic Designer, Print Specialist, Photographer

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Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Thanks! This is how I ended up solving it!

 

Not the most beautiful solution, but it works!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 28, 2022 Jan 28, 2022

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You are welcome, we all look for work around from time to time. I am glad it worked.

Lee- Graphic Designer, Print Specialist, Photographer

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Generally, this can only happen if you are using a primary text frame. 

 

Once you make modifications to parent/master page objects, including inserting text, InDesign will not remove those modifications when a different master page is applied. 

David Creamer
Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Professional, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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