Text margins don't change when master pages are applied
Version: InDesign CC2019
Steps to reproduce: Apply a new Master page, with different margins, to a document page with text frame
Expected result: Text frame should resize to fit the new margins of the master page (as before with Layout Adjustment enabled)
Actual result: Page margins change but text frame stays the same. Useless! I have to manually adjust the text block to fit the new margins.
I work in book publishing. When laying out a book, it's often necessary to make changes to the margins of certain pages, either to accommodate the dropped opening of a chapter, or to set a spread a line long or short to avoid unsightly widows. I do this by applying a master page to adjust the margins accordingly. Up until now (assuming Layout Adjustment was enabled), the text frame margins would adjust to match the new master page margins. But in InDesign 2019, Enable Layout Adjustment is gone, and though the page margins change properly, the text frame doesn't change, and I have to manually drag it into shape. This is a big time-waste and a PITA. I've tried fiddling with all the new settings, and nothing restores the old behavior. Someone suggested that creating the document with "Primary Text Frame" enabled would make things work properly, but no luck.
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Tyler Derosier commented
I agree that this is a huge issue, especially for people who need to apply multiple types of master pages across long documents. It's very frustrating needing to setup and always use a primary text frame.
Bradley Devereaux commented
Hi - not sure if this is the same issue, but maybe I can bring some clarity. In 2018, I used to be able to set a text box to the size of the margins, and when i changed the margin size, the text box would shrink/grow to fit automatically.
Great feature, as I can place large word docs into indesign, then use master slides with varying margin settings to swap between the layout of text boxes. For example, I might have a master slide with margins of 6p0 on all sides, and another with 2 columns. When I swapped the master, the text boxes would switch to the margin layout - saving hours of time fiddling with layouts.
This no longer happens - bug? intentional?
Jürgen Althaus commented
the new behavior unfortunately has nothing to do with automatic layout adjustment anymore. So I had to install the previous ID version again to finish my project. In my eyes there is an urgent need for improvement.
Uwe Laubender commented
me too. It's either a bug or an unfinished feature.
The problem is not only with page margins. Also with number of columns and gap between columns.
An applied master in CC 2018.1 could also govern this. Not more with CC 2019 220.127.116.11.
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Raphaël Freeman commented
oh gosh, and I thought it was just me going mad.... Glad to know it’s a bug
margins don't keep anything inside the margins on 2019 version