Indesign Basics: Numbering Pages
This article appeared in Issue 106 of InDesign Magazine.
InDesign can number your pages, but a little bit of setup goes a long way.
Page numbering is a basic navigation tool in most publications—so basic that we rarely even think about it. It’s practically hidden in plain sight! The process of working with page numbers in InDesign is mostly automated, which is as it should be. But when working with page numbers, you should allow for some planning and execution, to ensure you get all the right numbers in all the right locations, in every (possibly tricky) situation.
This article will help you make the right choices when you’re planning and executing. Along the way, as you work with page numbering, you might make use of sections, prefixes, layers, and text variables, ending up with something very elegant. But regardless of how you create it, or what it looks like, in the end, every page number has the same simple purpose: to smoothly guide the reader throughout the finished document.. . . .
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