InQuestion: Automatic Table and Figure Numbering
This article appeared in Issue 111 of InDesign Magazine.
Jamie McKee shows how to use defined lists to take the time and toil out of numbering tables and figures in InDesign.
Q: I’m editing and repurposing a book containing several dozen figures and tables. Each is titled and numbered consecutively, but most of these figures/tables are going to be shuffled and reordered. Is there a GREP or script that can help me renumber them once the project is finished so I don’t have to do it all by hand?
A: You’ve run into a common scenario that many people have to deal with. And while given enough time (and likely money), a script could likely be written to solve this, there’s an easier solution right within InDesign that can handle this task for you: Defined Lists.
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