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Why you should use Master Pages in InDesign

InDesign, like QuarkXPress, is designed to create documents with multiple pages, such as books or magazines. Pick up a magazine that is lying around your desk right now and look at the number of things that appear on all of the pages, including page numbers, design motifs (like a graphic or stripe), chapter headings, the name of the publication, perhaps the logo. The list of Master Page items goes on and on and is different with every publication.

When you use a Master Page, all of those elements (and even more cool things) can be controlled from one place. So, if you have a change throughout the publication, which is 45 pages long, you just have to make one change, not 45. And, in addition to being a timesaver, this also makes changes easy and accurate. InDesign won't "forget" to do page 23. You might! So use Master Pages. In fact, if you go to a job interview and the pages palette (shown at right) doesn't have the little "A" in the corners, the person interviewing you will know that you don't understand Master Pages, and if they are wise, they will continue interviewing, and hire someone else. If, however, you do know how to use Master Pages, you are a valuable designer and will be welcomed!