Adding master pages

You can add new master pages to master page sets. Each master page set can have multiple custom master pages, but only a single first master page and single default master page.


You can share master pages between master page sets by importing master pages. For example, if you created a new title page master page in the Default Full Score master page set, you can then import it into in the Default Part master page set to use it in part layouts as well.


If you want to add master pages to a master page set not currently in the project, you have created or imported that master page set.


  1. In the music area, open a layout that uses the master page set to which you want to add master pages.

    You can also select the master page set from the Current set menu in the Master Pages section of the Pages panel when any layout is open in the music area, but this changes the master page set applied to the layout.

  2. In the Pages panel, click New Master Page in the Master Pages action bar to open the New Master Page dialog.
  3. Enter a name for the new master page into the Name field.
  4. Select the existing master page on which you want to base the new master page from the Based on menu.
    • Master pages based on existing master pages are linked to the Based on master page. Any changes you make to frames shared between the master pages affect both master pages, for example, changing the text in an existing text frame. Deleting frames and inputting new ones breaks this link.

    • Selecting (None) always creates a master page without any formatting.

  5. Choose one of the following master page types for your new master page:
    • First

    • Default

    • Custom


    If you select First or Default, the new master page replaces that existing master page, as each master page set can only have a single first and default master page.

    If you want to create a new master page without replacing any existing master pages, choose Custom.

  6. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog.


A new master page of the selected type is added to the selected master page set.

After Completing This Task

  • You can assign master pages to individual pages in layouts that use their master page set.

  • You can customize your new master page.

  • You can import your new master page into other master page sets in the current project.