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I've had a look around already but couldn't find an answer to this.

Is there a way to create a template that applies to all pages that have a parent? something like sub-page.php without having to manually select it from the page attributes?

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Just build it directly into your page.php template. e.g.:

global $post;
if ( $post->post_parent ) {
    // This is a child Page; do something
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perfect, thank you! – daleanthony Jul 13 '11 at 16:52

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