Smart Content Designer User Guide

Define Master Page Rules

A master page rule is a set of master pages arranged in accordance with how you want to produce a multiple-page output. Like a master page is a template for a single-page output, a master page rule is a template for multiple-page output with different layouts. 

For example, if you have a multiple-page document (a chapter in a book) and you want to use the layout of master page A for the first page, master page C for the last page, and master page B for the rest of the pages, you can define these rules by creating a master page rule out of master pages A, B, and C.

To create a master page rule:

  1. From the header ribbon bar, select Windows > Master Page Rules to open the Master Page Rules palette.

  2. In the Master Page Rules palette, select the icon  to open the dialog New Master Page Rule.

  3. In the New Master Page Rule dialog, provide the following input:

    1. Name of the master page rules in the text field Rule

    2. Select the master page from the dropdown list in the first column. 

    3. Select which page you want to apply the master page layout from the dropdown list in the second column.

    4. Select whether you want to apply the master page layout to odd only or even only or both sides of pages.

    5. Select whether you want to apply the master page layout to blank only or non-blank only or both types of pages.

    6. Select the icon  to add a new master page to the master page rule. Select the icon  to remove a master page entry from the master page rule.

  4. Select the button Ok to save the master page rule. 

Based on the 2-page reference document used in this User Guide, you can simply create 2 master pages and then create a master page rule out of those two master pages, applying the layout of the first master page to the first page of the document and the layout of the second master page to the second page of the document.