Create a list that is 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 then 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

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Hi all - I have a document with numbering like this

Heading

1.1

1.2

1.3 etc

Heading

2.1

2.2

2.3 etc

Heading

3.1

3.2

3.3

 

 The only way I have found around it is to create separate paragraph styles for each of the first numbers (so Number 1 - for 1.1, Number 2 - for 2.1, Number 3 - for 3.1 etc) 

I have tried creating one numbered list style but the restart list occurs on the first number - not the second 

so it goes back to 1 and not 2. 

Any ideas or detailed resources I could read would be gratefully accepted. 

Thanks

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Guide , Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

This can be done by creating two paragraph styles and character style to hide the first number in one of the paragraph styles:

Create the heading style with the following settings:

Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 20.57.16.png

Note the character style used for the number. It has the following settings:

Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 20.57.30.png

The second paragraph style should have the following settings:

Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 21.01.21.png

Using these settings it is possible to achieve the following result:

Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 21.03.10.png

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This can be done by creating two paragraph styles and character style to hide the first number in one of the paragraph styles:

Create the heading style with the following settings:

Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 20.57.16.png

Note the character style used for the number. It has the following settings:

Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 20.57.30.png

The second paragraph style should have the following settings:

Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 21.01.21.png

Using these settings it is possible to achieve the following result:

Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 21.03.10.png

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Dec 26, 2019 Dec 26, 2019

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I've been struggling with this so this post really solves my problem... partially!  I can't get to further levels.  If I continue from the previous number the list just keeps growing, if I start at 2, or any other number, the digit is what changes and not the main number.  Help!!

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Community Expert ,
Dec 26, 2019 Dec 26, 2019

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While not required, and from a purely semantic point of view, your headings should really contain the 1.0 Heading, 2.0 Heading. This helps maintain organizational structure of your document. Glad you got your issue resolved. This is one of those areas (multi-level lists) where other basic wordprocessing programs seem to have a less complicated workflow than InDesign. Maybe someday it will be easier in InDesign. 

 

- Dax 

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Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022

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I also can't get the subsequent 2.1, 2.2, 2.3... lists to work.

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Amazing.  Thank you so much!  Like many others, I have been struggling with this...

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Community Expert ,
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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Adobe's online help is pretty good on this topic. See:

 

It's worth the time to run through these basics so that you have a better understanding of the nuances of lists in InDesign.

Bevi Chagnon | PubCom | Designer & Technologist for Accessible Documents
| Books & Classes | Accessible InDesign | Accessible PDFs | Accessible MS Office |

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I'm going to add one more resource. 

https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-indesign-numbering-headings/

 

I wrote this up for my students and it covers both numbering heads in a single InDesign file as well as in a multi-file InDesign book.

 

~Barb

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