About Master Pages

A master page lets you apply certain content and elements (e.g., text, images, breadcrumbs, menus, toolbars, search bars) automatically to multiple topics in the output. A master page is primarily used in online outputs, but it can be used in Word output as well. For Word output, a master page lets you determine page specifications (such as size or orientation) and to apply certain content (e.g., header text or page numbers) to many topics in a manual. For print-based outputs other than Word, page layouts are used instead of master pages.

Page layouts are similar to master pages, but are more flexible and easier to use. The general rule is that page layouts are recommended for print-based output, and master pages continue to be the best method for automatically adding headers, footers, and breadcrumbs in multiple topics for online output. Another difference between page layouts and master pages is that page layouts can be used for either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word), whereas master pages can be used only for Microsoft Word when creating print-based output. See About Page Layouts.

Like all other files in Flare, a master page is an XML file. It has an .flmsp extension. The traditional location to store it in the Content Explorer is in the Resources\MasterPages folder. However, you can store it anywhere in the Content Explorer that you like.