Indesign Headers & Footers

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Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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Hi, I have selected an Indesign template for an eBook. It has headers & footers in the template that I want to edit, but cannot find how to select the text. I have looked at a few tutorials but all they talk about is the master pages, as each header is different according to chapters, it's not a master page.

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021
You can use variable headers on the master page. To sugges the best way for your project we need to see what you have and what you want to get.

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021
Possible reasons for your inability to select the text: It is on a master page. Your conclusion that it's not because it varies chapter to chapter could just be a case of a separate master page dedicated to each chapter.The text frame is locked.The text frame is on a locked layer.The text is a text variable. Variables, even if they are comprised of multiple words, behave as a single character. You can't edit it like live text.

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Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

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You can use variable headers on the master page. To sugges the best way for your project we need to see what you have and what you want to get.

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Possible reasons for your inability to select the text:

  • It is on a master page. Your conclusion that it's not because it varies chapter to chapter could just be a case of a separate master page dedicated to each chapter.
  • The text frame is locked.
  • The text frame is on a locked layer.
  • The text is a text variable. Variables, even if they are comprised of multiple words, behave as a single character. You can't edit it like live text.

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Which template are you using? A lot of them use Alternate Layouts to accomodate various paper sizes, which is confusing for a user who hasn't used them before. I wrote this up for one of my students who was struggling, which may be clarifiying for you.

https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-indesign-cant-edit-adobe-stock-cv-template/

 

But if you give us the exact number we can be very specific about what you need to do.

 

~Barb

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