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Please consider the option to apply Master Pages not only to document pages, but also to other Master Pages.

Use case: Create one Master Page A with the most basic elements for the whole document, then create other Master Pages B, C, D based on A with layout variants for certain pages.

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1 minute ago, Dave Harris said:

Are you are that you can apply several master pages to one document page?

I would suspect the OP is aware of this--but maybe not. Being able to apply different master pages versus basing a master page upon another in order to include further elements is different, though.

Being able to base master pages upon another master page is akin to basing one p.style upon another with their ability to cascade changes.

That said, functionally it is not much different once applied to relevant pages.


My computer is a nothing-special Toshiba laptop with unremarkable specs running Windows 10 64-bit.

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6 minutes ago, Dave Harris said:

Are you are that you can apply several master pages to one document page?

Yes. Just do Apply Master and uncheck "Replace Exsiting" and you then have multiple master pages applied to the same document page.

However, you can't apply a master to another master.


-- Walt

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"walt.farrell", I think "grin" and "MikeW" have something else in mind. For example, I edit a magazine with the same page header on 90% of pages. A part of the page header changes from issue to issue. In InDesign I use a main master page with the page header that many other master pages are based on. Every change of the page header on the main master page propagates to other master pages automatically. In Publisher the same change has to be done on every master page separately. This is an uncomfortable solution and error-prone.

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1 minute ago, Fierys said:

"walt.farrell", I think "grin" and "MikeW" have something else in mind. For example, I edit a magazine with the same page header on 90% of pages. A part of the page header changes from issue to issue. In InDesign I use a main master page with the page header that many other master pages are based on. Every change of the page header on the main master page propagates to other master pages automatically. In Publisher the same change has to be done on every master page separately. This is an uncomfortable solution and error-prone.

I know. I was responding to Dave Harris's point, but initially neglected to quote him.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1809, 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz
Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123 and 1.7.0.258 Beta
Affinity Designer 1.6..5.123 and 1.7.0.258 Beta
Affinity Publisher 1.7.0.270 Beta

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