[scribus] Text frame on master page with text entered on actual pages?

Peter Desjardins peter.desjardins.us at gmail.com
Mon Feb 7 17:38:20 CET 2011

Thanks for pointing out that feature. That does help.

I'm planning a large reference book and there will be many pages with
consistent layout. I'm sure I'll need to make small adjustments to the
page layout after I've entered all the text. Is this the best way to
do that?

  1. Adjust the layout of a text frame on one page and send it to the scrapbook.
  2. Copy the text of a corresponding text frame on another page and
then delete the text frame.
  3. Paste the adjusted text frame from the scrapbook.
  4. Delete the text contents of the pasted text frame.
  5. Paste the text that belongs on the page that was copied in step 2
into the new text frame.
  6. Repeat for every other page in the book.


On Sun, Feb 6, 2011 at 8:42 AM, Gregory Pittman <gregp_ky at yahoo.com> wrote:
> On 02/06/2011 08:25 AM, Peter Desjardins wrote:
>> Hi. I'm using Scribus for the first time, it's excellent, thanks! I
>> can't find a feature that does what I'm describing in the doc or on
>> the web so I hope you won't mind me asking here.
>> Is there a feature that would allow me to add a text frame on a master
>> page but then enter text on the actual pages of my document? I'd like
>> to be able to adjust the position of the text frame on a page after
>> the text is entered and have the frames on each page reflect that
>> change consistently. I added guidelines on my master page and I know I
>> could adjust those but I don't want to have to edit each individual
>> body page in case I adjust the layout later.
>> I thought I could do this by inserting the text frame on the master
>> page but I could only add text from the master page. Is there a way to
>> change the properties of a master page text frame and allow it to be
>> used on body pages? Or is there a different way I should accomplish
>> the flexible layout that I need?
> This is not the way that master pages are meant to be used.
> What you may want to do is to make a text frame on a regular page, then put
> it in the Scrapbook (right-click on the frame to see the option).
> Then when you bring up the Scrapbook dialog (Windows > Scrapbook),
> right-click on the item in the Scrapbook, select Paste to Page, and it will
> be pasted onto the current page at the coordinates of the original. Then do
> your editing.
> Also note that if you simply Copy or Cut an item on one page, then go to
> another and Paste, it will be placed with the same coordinates the original
> had. So in theory, you could copy something from a master page, go back to
> regular editing mode and paste. I think the scrapbook makes more sense for
> your needs.
> Greg
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