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At 15:04 22/03/2014 -0500, Dale Erwin wrote:
I have a master document with 50 sub-documents. The problem I am having is that the sub-documents are not rendered the same way when opened separately as when opened in the master document.

Surely that is how master documents work? The master document, for example, defines the page style; consequently such properties of the subdocuments as headers and footers and margins are overridden by those defined for the master document. In addition, new styles in subdocuments are automatically imported into a master document, but similarly named styles do not overwrite existing styles there. So styled text can change its appearance - including, obviously, size and thus layout - as it appears in the master document.

... at the top of the page, on left (even numbered) pages, there appears the first word on the page, left-justified, in slightly larger font, and on right (odd numbered) pages, the last word on the page, right-justified and in slightly larger font. [...] ... I have used the first line on each page for this purpose with the regular text pushed down and beginning on the fourth line.

There is really no such thing in word-processing terms as lines on a page, only vertical spacing. (Lines went out with typewriters.) So you shouldn't be thinking of "the fourth line" in this context. You might well do better to set whatever spacing you need as "spacing below paragraph" in the paragraph styles you use for your headings.

This has a very aesthetically pleasing appearance in the sub-documents, but in the master document the line spacing is obviously not rendered in the same way so that on some pages in the master document, the first line will be what was the last line in the previous page of the sub-document, pushing the headline word down... and obviously unusable.

You might be able to improve the effect you need by paying attention to the particular way you achieve in the subdocuments the layout you need, as suggested above. Your mention of "a very aesthetically pleasing appearance" is a giveaway: you need to pay attention to the structure of your subdocuments, not just their appearance, if you want them to carry over appropriately into the master document. Does your text simply flow from page to page, for another example, or do you use explicit page breaks (possibly included as a paragraph or paragraph style property)? Better the latter.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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