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Body page text frames not updating from Master pages

Dec 29, 2013 11:19 AM

Tags: #framemaker_9 #master_page #not_updating #body_page

I've changed the position and size of the text frame on both the Left and Right master pages of my document. But the Body pages are not updating to show the changes, even though I select Remove Overrides when I switch the view to Body pages. And when I go to Master page view again, each time I switch back to Body page view, I get the message that I have overrides on all of my pages.


To get the correct text frame on the Body page,  I have had to change the frame on each Body page individually. And I still get the overrides message each time I switch from Master page view to Body page view.


Is what I'm describing a known bug? I've  searched the forums and have found reports that people are getting the override message when they are sure they do not have overrides. But I have not yet found the exact problem that I'm reporting.


I have a large number of documents to convert to new text frames. I do not want to have to change every page individually for all of these documents.

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    Dec 30, 2013 10:27 AM   in reply to Bonnie@sd

    Any chance your Body pages are actually assigned to MP's other than "Left" and "Right"?


    If you don't have any other MPs, never mind.


    if you do:

    View > Reference Pages

    page down to


    if it doesn't exist, never mind.

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    Dec 30, 2013 7:44 PM   in reply to Bonnie@sd

    Try manually re-applying the Master Pages using the Format > Page Layout > Master Page Usage... and selecting the Right/Left master page option and specify the entire range of pages in the file.

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    Dec 31, 2013 5:44 AM   in reply to Bonnie@sd

    > It's just the text frames that won't update.


    Any chance that someone manually added new text frames on the body pages?


    In addition to Arnis' suggestion, you can also try a

    Format > Page Layout > Apply Master Pages

    which will create a default use-Left-Right


    table if one does not yet exist.


    If that stll doesn't work, and local page text frames are ruled out, something more degenerate may be going on. Try a MIF wash.

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    Dec 31, 2013 6:13 AM   in reply to Bonnie@sd


         If the headers and footers update, then the master pages are being applied. The new master pages just aren't affecting the flows you want to change. Are the flow names on the master pages and the body pages the same? Applying master pages only affects text frames on the body pages that have the same names as those on the master pages.


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    Jan 1, 2014 11:04 PM   in reply to Lynne Price

    I've seen frustratingly odd things go on when, by some unnoticed accident, I've acquired a duplicate text frame on a master page – see whether moving the first frame you see on a master page reveals an ancestor hidden underneath. I imagine that changes made by any normal approach will affect the invisible/hidden ancestor rather than the upstart.

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