The following procedures describe how to
Use the Define Master dialog box to rename an object and create a master with the new name. To open the Define Master dialog box, click the New button in the properties dialog box for the named object on which you want to base the new master.
The Define Master Dialog Box
Define Master Based On
The Define Master Based On box displays the name of current instance. The new master is based on the properties of this instance. You can also copy the content and attributes of this instance to the new master.
Type the name for the new master in the Name text box.
Copy Properties And...
When you define a new master, QuickSilver copies the properties of the current instance to the new master. You can also copy the content and attributes of the current instance to the master.
Select the Content check box to copy the contents of the current instance to the new master.
Initial: Select the Initial radio button to copy the content of the current instance to the new master. Initial Content appears in every instance that you create from the Create dialog box.
Shared: Select the Shared radio button to copy the content of the current instance to the new master, and turn on Shared Content in the current instance and the new master. All instances with Shared Content display the same content as the new master.
Attributes: Select the Attributes check box to copy the attributes of the current instance to the new master.
Click the Define button to rename the current instance and copy its properties to a new master with that name. If you selected Content or Attributes, QuickSilver also copies the content or attributes of the current instance to the new master.
When to Define a New Master
Define a new master when you need to create multiple named objects with the same properties, content, or attributes.
Once you define a master, you can then choose Create to make new instances. New instances have the same name and properties as the master. Later, you can change the properties of any one instance, or change the properties of all instances and the master.
To define a new master:
Suppose you want to use a consistent format for the section titles in your document, but you may need to change that format later. You can use the following procedure.
First, create an instance of a component that has properties similar to those you want to define for the new master, and select it in the component bar. Then open the Component Properties dialog box and click the New button. In the Define Master dialog box, type head:section in the Name text box and click Define. Finally, change the font family, font size, and any other properties in the Component Properties dialog box, choose Changes to All from the Apply option menu, and click OK.
Later, you can change the properties of all head:section components whenever necessary.
To copy content or attributes when you define a master:
How to view Master Properties?
You can view the properties of the following types of named objects: components, inlines, frames, tables, and table rows. You can view the properties of one instance or multiple instances.
To view the properties of one instance:
To view the properties of multiple instances:
How to change Master properties
When you change the properties of an instance, you can apply those changes to the current instances (Changes to Current), or to all instances and the master (Changes to All). If there are instances that have variant settings for other properties you did not change, you can also apply all properties of the current instance to all instances and the
master (All Props to All).
You choose these options from the Apply option menu on properties dialog boxes for named objects. These Apply options provide you with the power to maintain consistency among instances, and the flexibility to make exceptions as needed.
Applying Changes to the Current Instance
When you apply changes only to the current instance, that instance becomes variant. Other instances and the master remain unchanged.
Applying Changes to All Instances and the Master
When you apply changes to all instances and the master, you give every instance and master the new properties. But the instances retain any variant settings for other properties that you did not change.
Applying All Properties to All Instances and the Master
When you apply all properties of the current instance to all instances and the master, you give every instance and master identical properties. No instances remain variant.
When to Delete Masters
Delete masters or streams when you have no instances or tokens with those names in the document, and you do not want to create any again.
When you delete an unused master or stream, you remove its name from all lists of local masters in the document. You can no longer create new instances or tokens with that name, and you can no longer convert other instances or tokens to that name.
The exception to this is in books. In documents in books, the name of the master or stream no longer appears on local lists, but you can still create a new instances or tokens from a catalog that exports that master or stream.
To delete the master from the book, delete it from the catalog.
To delete selected masters or streams:
To delete all unused masters and streams: