QuarkXPress trick: delete pages to reassign masters

Sometimes a well-meaning client wants to tweak a project, but messes up the assignments of master pages. Just yesterday I was working on a book and noticed that the document pages had shifted in an upredictable way.

Rather than manually dragging the pages around in the Page Layout palette, I made use of a little-known feature in QuarkXPress: when you double-click the last page in the Page Layout palette, QuarkXPress will add a new page linked to that page.

Since our chain of text boxes flowed through the entire document, all I had to do was delete the problem pages, then double-click the last page in the Page Layout palette a bunch of times. The result: new pages with fresh master page items, filled with our existing text!

(Note: I’m using QuarkXPress 10—I’m not sure when this feature was added. Also, I tried dragging the Master Page icon onto the document pages in the Page Layout palette, but that didn’t solve the problem.)