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Problem: Footnote number's always 1 throughout document

Explorer ,
Mar 08, 2023 Mar 08, 2023

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Hi all,

I'm new to InDesign and just added my first Footnote and a second one around 7 pages ahead. However, the second one was also numbered 1, insted of 2. Dunno how to fix this issue, also didn't change any settings regarding Footnotes.

Help much appreciated.

 

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Community Expert , Mar 08, 2023 Mar 08, 2023

Are you sure that the footnotes are in the same story (meaning, connected series of text frames)? A new story will restart the footnote numbering.

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Community Expert , Mar 08, 2023 Mar 08, 2023

You could tell if they're in the same story by opening up the Story Editor (Edit > Edit in Story Editor). If both locations are not in the Story Editor, they are in different stories.

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Community Expert , Mar 08, 2023 Mar 08, 2023

That's the way the InDesign application does it. This is from the Help file: "A footnote consists of two linked parts: the footnote reference number that appears in text, and the footnote text that appears at the bottom of the column. You can create footnotes or import them from Word or RTF documents. Footnotes are automatically numbered as they are added to a document. Numbering restarts in each story."

 

So it would work if you could link the two stories. Or, someone may have a script that cou

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Are you sure that the footnotes are in the same story (meaning, connected series of text frames)? A new story will restart the footnote numbering.

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You could tell if they're in the same story by opening up the Story Editor (Edit > Edit in Story Editor). If both locations are not in the Story Editor, they are in different stories.

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I see. Just checked and they're not. Hadn't heard about Stories before this. How does InDesign divide text into stories? What if I need the Footnote numbering to be increasing throughout my document?

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That's the way the InDesign application does it. This is from the Help file: "A footnote consists of two linked parts: the footnote reference number that appears in text, and the footnote text that appears at the bottom of the column. You can create footnotes or import them from Word or RTF documents. Footnotes are automatically numbered as they are added to a document. Numbering restarts in each story."

 

So it would work if you could link the two stories. Or, someone may have a script that could create footnotes in a different way. But I don't know about that.

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Thanks a lot! @Steve Werner 

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