Indesign: Master pages not applying correctly in the right order


Question

I'm guessing this is a pretty simple problem I'm having. I'm new to indesign and can't figure out how the masters apply to the pages properly.

For example, I have a 3 page master and I drag down the first page - fine; I drag down the second page - fine; I drag down the third page and the first page displays instead of the third. It also happens when I try to put the first page of a 2-page spread on the right-hand page.

Is there a setting I need checked or unchecked for this? What am I doing wrong? Sorry if this is a really simple problem.

Edit: Image of problem

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3/27/2015 2:40:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Facing pages are used to control the logic of master pages as well as the layout in the Pages Panel. With Facing Pages on, the masters become "right" and "left" not 1 and 2. So InDesign will not let you place a left master on the right page. The logic, to me, seems to be there to prevent a user from mistakenly applying the wrong master page to something.

You need a 3 page spread in the Pages panel, set up like the 3p master, to apply that 3rd Q master to it. Then it'll allow you to apply 2 left pages and the 3rd right page.

If you want absolute control over what master page is applied where, you need to turn off Facing Pages and create individual masters then manually place pages in spreads. As non-facing pages, with single page masters, Indesign will allow you to apply any master page to any other page.

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3/27/2015 4:50:00 PM

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