First try to save as IDML, then open again.
I tried it, opened both the IDML and the original version but the problem remains, the textbox keeps on reappearing/doesn't delete.
On the master it is NOT supposed to have placeholder text frames. Use instead libraries where you can place those things with the place command of the Library Panel or with holding the ALT key when placing from a CC Library.
It is always a problem reapplying or changing a master as it causes several objects on a staple as you experienced.
InDesign is not Quark Xpress, where this kind of technique would work.
The only exception are primary text frames, but I suppose, your's are not those.
I'm confused - why should I not be using them on the master? As the layout is symmetrical I have to change the layout of every page when adding a new page otherwise, which is an absolute pain (and I cannot yet determine how many pages I will need in the end, I need to update the pages as we get the information in). Therefore using the master pages allows me to just adjust the size of the boxes by overriding the master page layout and if I have to add a page, I can just use the master page layout instead of having to copy and paste?
Would this work when using libraries? And if yes, how do I use them? Is there a tutorial I can learn from?
You should not use the override on page master item method because:
- You get the problems you have experienced.
- Items from the master should not be overridden, because it mixes up objects from the master with those from the page. The separation of both is important later, when you export PDF/UA (for people with disabilities) and EPUB and some other formats.
When you work with such a layout you are correct to use facing pages. But you have to align EVERYTHING on guidelines. Primary to the border guides.
When you have a lot of floating objects, you can anchor them in a text frame (I use a separate text frame for such purposes without any text except that anchor). And you can adjust the position exactly via object styles. This allows to position those objects relative to page geometry, and relative to the spine.
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In your master page the color boxes are touches each other because of that it can not be deleted.
Make sure the boxes are in there own page boundary.
One last question. If I need the boxes to go to the ending of the page, is that possible at all then?