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Master page elements weird behavior after inserting page in a doc

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I have a doc of a number of pages in spreads (2 per spread).  There is a master page, with elements created separately per left and right page.

After inserting a single page within a doc, the pages after the new one lost the correct master page elements assignment, looking like some elements from left master page become right and vice versa.

Any idea how to avoid this ? (besides inserting 2 pages at once 🙂 )

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When you insert a single page, everything gets shifted along by 1 page. But master-page elements remain static. So, for instance, verso page 13 now becomes recto p. 14, and all the master-page elements on the recto master page are applied to it. So the document looks screwed up.

So yes, inserting 2 pages at once is the only simple way of avoiding this.

The alternative is to build the document very carefully so that you can add individual pages. You would probably need to make heavy use of the text alignment option "away from spine" and "toward spine," as well as anchored objects that use the "relative to spine" option. 

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Master page elements weird behavior after inserting page in a doc

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I have a doc of a number of pages in spreads (2 per spread).  There is a master page, with elements created separately per left and right page.

After inserting a single page within a doc, the pages after the new one lost the correct master page elements assignment, looking like some elements from left master page become right and vice versa.

Any idea how to avoid this ? (besides inserting 2 pages at once 🙂 )

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When you insert a single page, everything gets shifted along by 1 page. But master-page elements remain static. So, for instance, verso page 13 now becomes recto p. 14, and all the master-page elements on the recto master page are applied to it. So the document looks screwed up.

So yes, inserting 2 pages at once is the only simple way of avoiding this.

The alternative is to build the document very carefully so that you can add individual pages. You would probably need to make heavy use of the text alignment option "away from spine" and "toward spine," as well as anchored objects that use the "relative to spine" option. 

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When you insert a single page, everything gets shifted along by 1 page. But master-page elements remain static. So, for instance, verso page 13 now becomes recto p. 14, and all the master-page elements on the recto master page are applied to it. So the document looks screwed up.

So yes, inserting 2 pages at once is the only simple way of avoiding this.

The alternative is to build the document very carefully so that you can add individual pages. You would probably need to make heavy use of the text alignment option "away from spine" and "toward spine," as well as anchored objects that use the "relative to spine" option. 

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thanks. I was afraid of this 🙂

Anyway it would be fantastic if Indesign could detect the correct master page in a spread and assign it correctly to the pages in a doc.

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By the way, are you sure your document needs to be set up as "facing pages"? If not, if it were just a bunch of single pages, you could insert single pages freely...

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