Indesign numbering and section options

by Design Workshop Sydney

There are various options available when numbering multi-page documents in Indesign. We discuss these in our Adobe Indesign training courses.Indesign-numbering-and-section-options
Firstly, we would add a number marker on our A-Master pages – this is covered in another blog post. Then we test on the local pages to ensure that it has worked. The standard numbering is from the first page to the last, unless we choose to apply None to a local page. By default, the numbers are clearly visible as standard European numbering.
However, we may wish to a add an introductory section with Roman numerals, for example. So we make page 1 the current page by double-clicking on it, then we go to the Pages options list and choose Numbering & Section Options, whereupon a dialog box will open, with several choices. Start Section is ticked by default – we usually leave it ticked. We could choose to enter 3 in the Start Page Numbering field, for example.
Note the Style drop-down list – here we have the various styles for Roman numerals, letters, etc. We can also add a Section Prefix like “page” or “1:”, and tick Include Prefix when Numbering Pages.
We then hit OK and look on the local pages to see the result. To begin another section, first select the page the section starts on, then return to the Numbering & Section Options dialog. Add another section prefix, and continue throughout the document.
Note also the various options for document chapter headings.
More tips and techniques can be found at Adobe user groups which meet regularly in most capital cities, and are free forums for designers to discuss topics and the latest Indesign features. See also many examples of our own clients’ work on our Facebook page.
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