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Page numbering not updating in book

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Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

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I have a document in a book that says it has pages 23 - 30 where as the document only has pages 23 - 27. How can I get the book numbers to update. I have tries Book Update and Format/Documents/Numbering and neither of them are updating it.

 

Image shows 'Pages: 23 - 30' and the last page shows 27.

 

Can I be told what I need to do.

 

Many thanks

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How have you got your numbering properties set?

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See attached, thanks

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Does the status line update after you save the book?

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No  it does not.

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Hi Paul,

are there pages without the page-numbering variable in that file?

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No, I have checked that. The only way of getting around this is to delete the document and reinserting it into the book. It then looks correct. I'm sure this is not the way I should be doing it.

 

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Paul

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Are you setting the document numbering in the book or in the file? 

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I have tried both ways.

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Paul

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When you regenerate the book, do you get a message about inconsistent numbering properties?

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Yes I do.

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Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

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OK. My suggestion is that you do this in the book file.

 

Right-click on the first chapter and select Numbering. Go through all the tabs and make sure the numbering is set correctly and click Set.

Select all the other files as a group and do the same thing.

Save the book file and see what happens when you regenerate.

 

My other thought is that something may be wrong with the <$curpagenum> variable in that file. To check that, I'd reimport the page layouts and system variables from a known good file.

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Also, did you check the numbering and numbering properties of the file BEFORE this file? A lot of numbering issues are actually caused by an earlier file.

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The earlier document is fine. To be clearer, I did Pagitation/Delete empty pages, then did a book numbering and as I said the document is correct, but the book numbering is not. Does this mean I have to delete the document if I remove pages and reinsert it?

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Does this mean I have to delete the document if I remove pages and reinsert it?

No, you do not. Something isn't right, but it's not clear to any of us, so far. We haven't eliminated user error or bug or corruption—any are possible. But if removing/adding back the file works, and lets you move forward, you could do that for now. 

 

And to be clear, you are selecting the files in the book window before choosing Format > Document > Numbering > Page? You are not doing this at the document level, you are doing this at the book level? And the Console isn't reporting any error messages?

 

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Just to confirm, the first file has 22 pages in it, and this file has 5 pages, and the issue is that despite showing the correct page number on the page in the file, the information on the book file is reporting that it has 8? Are all the files set to either single-sided or double-sided? 

 

If none of the previous ideas worked, I would suggest closing deleting the BOOK file, then create a new book file. There might be something wonky with it. (That's the technical term.)

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Hi Paul, and welcome to the community forums. Did you check the footer in that file? Is it using the <$curpagenum> variable on the master page or did someone hand-number the file? (I've seen it before.)

 

~Barb

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Hello Barb,

It is using the <$curpagenum> variable on the master page.

Many thanks

Paul

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