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By David Blatner | Thursday, April 26, 2012

InDesign Secrets: Page numbering with numbered lists for greater flexibility

In this week’s free InDesign Secrets movie, David Blatner demonstrates how using InDesign’s ability to automatically number paragraphs can help you get around some of the limitations of the automatic page numbering feature. In David’s example, he shows you how to get right and left pages in each spread to have different page numbering schemes, with the addition of auto-updating sequential numbers, and an added A on the left page and a B on the right page, like this:

Spreads that show auto-updating sequential numbers in InDesign.

Unfortunately, InDesign’s page numbering feature doesn’t allow you to do this, but auto-numbered paragraphs can.

David starts by creating a page-number element on the master page, then he uses the Numbered List dialog box to set up the letter feature and indicate his preferences for the left (A) and right (B) page numbers. The video is scattered with mini-secrets along the way, including document navigation tips, a trick for stealthily opening the Numbered List dialog box, and a discussion on the intricacies of creating a numbered list that spans across unthreaded text frames.

Meanwhile, in the lynda.com library, David’s partner in InDesign secrecy, Anne-Marie Concepcion has an exclusive movie for members on how to use the InDesign CS5.5 Articles panel to set your story order, and why you would want to do it. Just look for movie number 036, Setting story order with the Articles panel, on the InDesign Secrets table of contents page.

Bonus secret of the week: Monday Adobe announced the release of Creative Suite 6, and members can check out Anne-Marie’s new course on InDesign CS6 New Features to get early insight into the latest program updates.

Interested in more? • The entire InDesign Secrets bi-weekly series • Courses by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion on lynda.com • All lynda.com InDesign courses

Suggested courses to watch next:• InDesign CS5 Essential TrainingInDesign CS6 New Features• InDesign Styles in Depth

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