Also you might want to override the master on a single page and hence Ctrl+Shift (Windows) or Command+Shift (Mac OS) and click the item on the page.
Thanks Ankit. I have actually gone through several Master Page tutorials and am already overriding objects from the various Master Pages I am using.
The problem is, if I have a 2-page spread for a Master Page, inserting a page before the spread (quite common during this project) that uses the Master Page will result in duplicate objects on each page. i.e. the page will contain BOTH my overridden objects from the left side plus the master page components on the right side. It becomes a complete mess.
If I had a 1-page Master Page for a particular layout, it would only be for the left facing page, and I would face the same problem when inserting pages again.
From what I see now, Master Pages are meant for completely static components on the page and not for fixed layouts.
why dont you have 2 master pages ( single page master ), that ways you can apply the appropriate master to any page. But yes the reapplying of master pages after a insertion might be some manual task
Another solution might be to have 2 master pages ( left page and right page ) asuming that you have two layouts one for the left page ( lets asume A ) and one for the right page ( B )
Now you can have master page 1 as A|B and the master page 2 as B|A then when you add a single page all you need to do is apply the right format.. But incase you have more than two layouts that might require more master pages which might become a mess but if the project is large enuf then it might just work for you.