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InDesign’s Secret Jump to Master Page Command

Have you ever wished you could jump to a master page in InDesign without having to use the mouse (or trackpad) and the Pages panel?

Some people will answer that question with: No. It’s easy enough to double-click the master page icon on the Pages panel.

Others will hear that question and respond: Oh, yes! Anything to save a few seconds or having to grab the mouse.

Many of us work with multiple master pages in our InDesign documents. As you can see in Figure 1 below, a partial screenshot of the Pages panel from a publication I’m working on, master pages can add up, consuming space at the top of the Pages panel. Note the scrollbar; this particular document has 48 master pages. Some of  the publications I build for this client require even more.

Multiple master pages can take up a lot of space on the Pages panel.

Figure 1: Multiple master pages can take up a lot of space on the Pages panel.

After a handful of master pages, you need to scroll through their section of the Pages panel to find the right one, then double-click it to get to editing that master page. I’ve discovered a little tip to make accessing master pages almost instantaneous–without dragging the mouse anywhere near the Pages panel.

In InDesign press CMD+J (macOS) or CTRL+J (Windows) to open the Go to Page dialog (see Figure 2).

The Go to Page dialog in InDesign.

Figure 2: The Go to Page dialog in InDesign.

Now type the prefix for the master page you want to edit. If that’s the default master page, just type a. You could also type b, c, 3col, 2A, COV, or whatever 1-4 alphanumeric code you’ve used in the Master Options Prefix field (see Figure 3). It doesn’t have to even be the entire prefix; it just needs to be enough of the prefix that InDesign knows you don’t mean any other master page or a standard page number (see Figure 4). Finish entering part or all of the prefix and then press Return/Enter to jump directly instantly to the master page.

Figure 3: The prefix given to a master page in the page's Master Options is the key to jumping to the master page from the keyboard.

Figure 3: The prefix given to a master page in the page’s Master Options is the key to jumping to the master page from the keyboard.

Figure 4: Enter part or all of the master page prefix to jump to that master page.

Figure 4: Enter part or all of the master page prefix to jump to that master page.

To recap, jump from anywhere in the InDesign document directly to any master page as easily as 1-2-3:

  1. Press CMD+J/CTRL+J.
  2. Type part or all of the prefix of the master page.
  3. Press Return/Enter.

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