Don't apply Parent Pages automatically to new pages or to newly imported pages

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How do I get InDesign to not apply automatically any master pages and spreads to new spreads created or to new spreads imported?

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For new pages, drag them from the pages panel using the None Parent/Master.

Pages you bring in from other docs will bring their Masters with them.

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For new pages, drag them from the pages panel using the None Parent/Master.

Pages you bring in from other docs will bring their Masters with them.

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The dragging works great, thanks.

But when importing they don't bring their masters because their masters is not active on them, it's overridden, it's simply not on them, it's something else.

When importing them, they show up with the host file's master on.

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If the Parent/Master pages are named the same in both documents, the one in the receiving document will be used (assigned) so if you want master content to come over, be sure your pages are uniquely named.

That's tghe way it works with styles, as well.

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How do I stop my host master to be applied to imported pages?

 

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Rename the master page in one or the other document so they have unique names.

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You need to do that BEFORE moving pages.

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That wouldn't be necessary because it never brings its own master.

It applies the host file's master.

That is what I want to prevent.

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It solved the issue.

I still don't get it how, it it applied the local master, and never brought his own.

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But the issue is solved, even if I don't get it.

Thanks.

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What it does now, it brings in the imported files master, but it doesn't apply any automatically, not the hosts and not the guests. 

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Whatever master was applied in the original file should be applied after moving the page to a new file, as long as there is no master page with that name in the new file.

Although it isn't strictly necessary to change both the prefix and the name, I would recommend doing that to avoid confusion.

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