How to Create Page Numbers in InDesign (i, ii, 1, 2, 3)

Quickly and automatically add page numbers to an InDesign document by taking advantage of Master (Parent) Pages.

0:00 – Adding page numbers (Single pages)
2:34 – Master (Parent) pages
3:24 – Creating/editing Sections (Includes Roman Numerals)
5:21 – Adding page numbers (Facing pages)
6:57 – Paragraph Styles

A page number can be automatically added to a page by inserting the following character into a text box…

Type – Insert Special Character – Markers – Current Page Number

To have this auto generated number appear on all pages, set it up on a master (parent) page. By default, InDesign applies the A-Master (A-Parent) to all pages.

Multiple page ranges can be included within a single document. One common example is to use roman numerals within introductory material and then have regular numbers, beginning at page 1, commence after that. To achieve this it is necessary to create a new section. Within the Pages panel, right mouse click on a page and select the Numbering and Sections Option entry. Ensure that the Start Section option is active and set the Start Page Numbering At value to whatever is required (most likely the number 1). The Style dropdown menu allows for the selection of other numbering styles such as roman numerals.

Page numbering may be styled with Paragraph Styles in documents containing numbers on both left and right pages (Facing Pages). Changing the Indents and Spacing value for Alignment to Away From Spine can avoid having to use two different styles for the numbers on each side of the spine.

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