Sounds to me like you’re moving over from Quark.
Masters work completely differently in InDesign. A text frame on a master is for placing text or for having the exact same text (or variable, such as a page number) appear on all pages.
To expand on Bob's comment, you don't need a master frame to work in InDesign. Best practice for master-page items is to place something on a master page if you don't want to change it on the document page. It's not that you can't or shouldn't, but you really don't get much advantage in most cases. If you do need to release a master item on a document page, you will lose the ability to manipulate that item by manipulating the item on the master page if you change something on the document page.
- Make a new docunent
- Make a text frame on the master
- Go to the document page and release it (Shift-Command click on it)
- Change the size (bigger, smaller, wider, taller, it doesn't really matter)
- Go to the master page and change the size—the document item won't change
- Go to the master page and change the color—the document item will change color, because you haven't changed it on the document page
If there is something specific you want to do that you think a master item will help, describe it to us, and we will give our opinions about whether there may be a better way or not.
Thanks so much. Ok, I get it. Those points 1.-6. clarify my issue. I have that master text frame, can change the content of it on the pages, and as long as I don't change anything else, the master page "has the last word". I had thought that, like in Powerpoint or Keynote, if I'd change the position of that text frame in the master page, that position would change on all pages too. But it seems that this is not the case. I'll do it then by hand, as I don't have so many pages. Still, I would be curious to know how such a behaviour (placeholder text where the master controls the style and the position) can be accomplished in InDesign (or if this is queer thinking...).
if you do all your editing of the text frame on the master (except filling in the text), all the released (and unreleased) text frames will follow on all pages.
What version of InDesign are you using?
Hmm, all? So as well when changing the frame position? I just tried it out again on different placeholder text frames. And indeed, on one page (which I didn't look at before), it did change the position. Strange. I think it's the only page where I didn't copy-pasted the content. Can it be linked to that? I am on CS5.
Hm, InDesign CS5 …
What exact version? CS5 v7.0.4 ?
Maybe you changed position or size of the released text frames that do not follow your master frame without remembering?
(Currently I am testing with InDesign CS6 v8.1.0)
I only see v7.0.
No, I didn't change any position or size in the text frames. Just copy-paste.
But it's ok, I'll manage them individually. Next time, I try it out more deliberately. Thanks so much!
If you check the menu "About InDesign..." you should see a more detailed version number.
And if holding the cmd key (Mac OSX) while doing so you should see even more.
Hm, on Windows holding the ctrl key when checking "About InDesign..." should bring up the most detailed information (I'm not sure, I'm on Mac OSX).
Version 7.0.4 is the final patch for InDesign CS5.
Yes, the "About InDesign" showed 7.0 The CMD-click shows 18.104.22.1685.
So you are working with the not bug-fixed version of InDesign CS5.
You should change that. There should be a "Update…" menu under the main "Help…" menu for this.
You may have nudged the frame when you released it. You can reconnect the position attribute of a selected, overridden mp item via Pages>Master Pages>Remove Selected Overrides.
So you can copy the text, remove the override, override again and paste back the content. Now the frame should respond to an MP position change.