How to Apply a Primary Text Frame in Adobe InDesign

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In Brief...

The Primary Text Frame option in InDesign automatically creates one text frame on each page sized to match the margins. This option replaced the Master Text Frame option in the New Document setup in InDesign CS6. Primary text frames do not have to be overridden on document pages. They are particularly useful when placing long text documents because the pages necessary to contain the text will automatically be generated. There can only be one primary text frame per page.

This feature is the same in Adobe InDesign CS6 and Creative Cloud (CC).


  1. One way to apply the Primary Text Frame option is in the New Document setup.
    New Document Dialog Box

  2. Another method is to create a text frame on the Master Page, then click the Primary Text Frame icon at the upper left of the frame.
    Primary Text Frame Icon on Text Frame in Master Page

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her classes. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint, to produce a fully developed and cohesive brand identity.