Duplicating master page (that is based on another master page) is producing un-editable content

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Sep 13, 2022 Sep 13, 2022

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I have never seen this oddity (and very frustrating) mentioned anywhere... (maybe it's the version of Indd I'm using? 15.1.2 x64... and unfortunately, there's a legit reason we're still on this version...updating at this time isn't an option)

So, I have a facing pages, 2pg master "A-BASE Master" with pg # placeholder... see below screen capture.

Capture-A-Base Master.JPG

 

Then I have a B-... master page with other content, set to Based On "A-BASE Master"  (these are used in a book, so the A-BASE Master pages are synced through whole book, but not every doc in book uses the B-... master page because different parts of the book use different elements... So B-... looks like this:

Capture-B-master pg.JPG

 

Here's the part that's maddening: If I move or duplicate the B-... master page, the resulting master page is not a direct duplicate... it get's messed up in a significant way! And you can't move/edit the screw-up in any way! See what happens to the page # text frame... It shifts over to the left! 

Capture-screwUp.JPG

What!##%&@  And this is terrible in my book environment. Syncing the book in order to push these master pgs replicates the same screw-up in all the doc books... (because the syncing involves "duplicating") I also found the same thing happens if I Move the master pg from this file to another...

 

Has anyone else ever seen this and why would it be doing this?

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Sep 13, 2022 Sep 13, 2022

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I've never seen anything like this. Does it happen in a new file as well, an old file, or just this one?

If it's isolated, I'd try exporting to .idml, then save that as a new .indd and use it as a replacement in your book.

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Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

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It's an old file... It does happen in other like files (sections in a book that use the same basic template/master pg, so yes it occurrs in those other files as well.) 
But I will try the .idml idea to see if anything changes. Thanks

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I also discovered that it's the "Based-on..." that's in play somehow. If I 'untether' the B-... master from the A-BASE Master, then it duplicates fine. But if I set it back to B-... master Based On A-BASE Master, then B-... goes wonky when it's duplicated.

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