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You're working on a book or magazine or anything that has more than a few pages. You owe it to your readers to add Page Numbers. But it's a hassle to add Page Numbers to each and every page right? Wrong, InDesign makes Page Numbers a snap. We want the Page Numbers on every Document Page. So, where should we put them? That's right, the Master Page. I'll my Pages panel, double-click on a A-Master and I'm going to put my Page Numbers here the bottom of the page. So I'll grab my Type tool, drag out a Text Frame and type inside that text frame.
I'm going to zoom into 200% here, so I can see it better by pressing Command+2 or Ctrl+2 on Windows. And I'll type 2, right or 3 or 4. No, you don't want to type the actual number here. You want to Stand In, a Marker, a Symbol, something that's good change on every page. So that special character can be found under the, Type menu > Type > Insert Special Character > Markers. And the Marker we're use is called the Current Page Number. Here on this page its say's ''A'', because we're on Master Page A. But it'll change on every Document Page automatically.
I'll zoom out to fit the whole spread in the window with Command+Opt+0 or Ctrl+Alt+0.And I am going to apply some formatting to this, by going to my Paragraph Styles panel, scrolling down until I see a page number and clicking on that it. That looks Ok! But I want to make a little prettier I'll put some text around it. I think I'll put a space and then M-Dash which you can get with an Opt+Shift+Hyphen that inserts M-Dash after, I'll put 1 before, here we go that's look pretty good. Now I am going to grab my Selection tool and Option+Shift+Drag or Alt+Shift+Drag it across to the right page.
Now I have Page Numbers on both my left and right pages of this Document. Let's see if it works. I'll close my Paragraph Styles panel by clicking on that open my Pages panel and I'm going to jump to the Pages 12 and 13 by clicking on those numbers in the Pages panel. When I zoom in, on the bottom of this page, we see that the A wasn't in fact replaced by this current page number, Page 12. On Page 13 it says 13 on 14 its 14, and so on. And the great thing about these Automatic Page Numbers is if you later add pages or remove pages they automatically update.
So you never have to worry about it again. If you start adding a lot of pages to your Document like, this book, for example, you're probably going to want to break the pages into sections. That's what I'm going to cover next.
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