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Creating Parent/Child Relationships

You can base one master page on another master page using a parent-child relationship. For example, many books and catalogs use several different, but very similar, master pages. By creating one “parent” master page and then basing the other “child” master pages on it, you can later make changes to the parent that ripple through to all the child master pages.

Making Child Masters

After building your parent master page, which contains all of the necessary elements to be shared with the child master pages, select the New Master command from the Pages palette menu (or Command-Option-click/Ctrl-Alt-click on the New Page button). In the New Master dialog box, choose the parent master page from the Based On popup menu. When you click OK, the new master page will be a child master page that is based on the parent master page (see Figure 16-2).

You can also drag one master page icon on top of any other master page in the Pages palette. The page you drag becomes a parent master, the page you drop it on becomes a child master. The prefix on the master page icon indicates the relationship.

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