A page type may nominate another page type as its template. The advantage of using templates is that information can be entered once in the template page type and automatically copied to the other page types. In the default layout created for a new partition the “1 column” page type is used as a template for the other page types.

A page type inherits the following information from its template:

  • Paper size.

  • Double-sided and mirror settings.

  • Print area and crop area size and position.

  • Crop mark definitions.

  • Optionally, the data area size and position.

  • Fixed blocks and fixed rules subject to the rules described below.

Information copied from the template cannot be changed. A block that has been copied from the template appears with a purple border when selected, rather than a red border. However, there are two quick ways to select the “original” block if you want to change it:

  • double-click the inherited block; or

  • press the edit button in the block details

To use a template for a page type, select the template page type from the Template field list on the Page tab. A page type that uses a template cannot itself be used as a template.

Only one level of inheritance is allowed, so a page type that uses a template may not itself be used as a template.

A template can be used for a page type with a different orientation (for example, a portrait page type can be used as a template for a landscape page type). When this happens the template blocks must be rotated by 90°. The Auto rotate field on the Page tab controls the direction of this rotation.

The following diagram shows a page type with portrait orientation being used as a template for a page type with landscape orientation. The effect of different values for the Auto rotate field are shown.