How to Put a Composition Zone Back Into Its Original Layout

I often run into people who are confused about what happens when they create a Composition Zone in QuarkXPress 7 or 8, and then want to reincorporate it into their original Project.

The key is to remember that QuarkXPress Projects are able to contain many separate Layout spaces, and that a Composition Zone is basically a hidden Layout Space. Here’s how this works:

When you designate a Composition Zone, it is not separated from the original Layout. Rather, it is hidden, and its data fully retained.

Any time you want to make that Composition Zone editable in its original Project, just open the Shared Content palette, click on the name of the Composition Zone, and click on the Edit button at the top of the palette. 

This will reopen the Shared Item Properties window, where you can click on the button labeled Make Internal. Be sure to tick the Show Tab in Project Window option and click OK.

This will create a new Layout in your Project, and its tab will appear at the bottom (in QuarkXPress 7) or top (in QuarkXPress 8) of your Project window. 

Unfortunately, it isn’t named what you named it in the Shared Content palette, but rather it’s named “Layout_X”, where X is the next consecutive number in the number of Layouts in your Project — in the case, Layout_2″.

If you edit that Layout, the changes will appear in your original Layout.

If all you want to do is edit the Composition Zone, you can select it on the page, then choose Item> Composition Zones> Edit (or Control-click/right-click the item on the page and choose Composition Zones> Edit from the contextual menu that appears). 

If you want to permanently replace the Composition Zone on the original layout with the new Layout, just copy and paste them back onto the original Layout.