Creating and Opening Books

Creating and Opening Books

To open a book palette and create a new book, choose FileNewBook (as shown in Figure). Like libraries, you can have multiple book palettes, and each has a name you provide.

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Figure: Creating a new book

In Figure, you see a new, open book palette for a book we named The Rattlesnake Book. The upper part of Figure also shows the controls that you use in the Add New Chapter dialog box to locate the chapters

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Figure: A book palette and the Add New Chapter dialog box

that you want to place in the book. To open an existing book palette, choose FileOpen, the same as you would to open a layout or a library. To display the Add New Chapter dialog box, click the Book icon at the upper-left of the book palette.

Working with master pages

When you’re building a book, you’re likely to want some elements repeated on multiple pages. For example, you may want a running head at the top, outer edge of every page to identify the book. Or you may want a page number to appear at the bottom of every page. Whenever you have elements that repeat on more than one page, you want to use master pages. A master page is a nonprinting page that automatically formats pages in a layout. A master page may contain such items as page numbers, headers, footers, and other elements that repeat on multiple pages throughout a layout.


Master pages aren’t just for books — they’re very handy for any type of document that has a standard layout, from textbooks to magazine articles, from manuals to newsletters. But they’re really handy for books, since they let you ensure that text formatting is consistent across all chapters.

Open a master page by choosing PageDisplayA-Master A (as shown in Figure). To return to the layout page, choose PageDisplayLayout. You can tell that the master page is displayed if you see the icon for a chain link in the upper-left corner of the page.

On the master page in Figure, we created a text box and typed the running head The Rattlesnake Book. Now, whenever we use a new layout page that’s based on the A-Master page, the running head appears. Of course, you can always decide to delete any master page item while you have the layout open.

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Figure: Displaying a master page

In QuarkXPress 6, you work on one layout at a time — as if each layout is a separate document — and you can convert a layout to another form (different size, single-sided into two-sided or vice versa, Web to print, and print to Web) at almost any time (see Chapter 1). The exception? You can’t change a layout from print to Web while that layout is included in a book. Note that although QuarkXPress 6 permits multiple layouts in a project file, project files that are brought into book palettes may contain only one print layout and no Web layouts.

Working with master chapters

After you open a new book palette and list the book’s first chapter, QuarkXPress treats that chapter as the master chapter. The master chapter contains attributes that all chapters of the book use. For example, let’s say we decided to establish a spot color for The Rattlesnake Book running head in our book. If this spot color is in the master chapter, it will appear in all subsequent chapters of the book after you click the Synchronize button on the book palette. If you add the spot color to a chapter other than the master chapter, the color will appear only in that chapter, not throughout the book.

You can tell which chapter is the master chapter by looking for an M next to the chapter name in the book palette. In Figure, you can see an M next to Chapter 1, indicating that Chapter 1 is the first chapter we added and is, therefore, the master chapter. Note that QuarkXPress creates a master chapter even if you choose not to use master pages.

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Figure: The first chapter created in a book becomes the master chapter.

Making any chapter the master chapter is easy, so you’re not stuck with the first chapter added to the book. To change the master chapter, just click to the left of the chapter name under the M column in the book palette. The M will move next to that newly chosen master chapter.

Adding, deleting, and moving layout pages

While building the chapters in a book, you may need to insert, delete, or move pages. To do any of these operations, you use the Page menu:

  • To insert pages, choose PageInsert to display the Insert Pages dialog box.

  • Deleting pages is a similar function. Choose PageDelete; a dialog box appears in which you’re able to choose pages to delete.

  • To move pages, choose PageMove to access a dialog box where you can specify which pages to move and the locations to move them to.


    These page techniques work in any QuarkXPress project.

Navigating through a layout

As long layouts get longer, QuarkXPress offers a couple of quick and easy ways to navigate through their pages:

  • One way is to enter the number of the page to which you want to go in the Page Number field on the left side of the bar below the layout page. QuarkXPress takes you directly to that page.

  • Another option is to choose PageGo to or press z+J or Ctrl+J, which displays the Go to Page dialog box.

If you simply want to get from the top to the bottom of a page, use the scroll bar at the right side of the layout window.

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