Problem with numbered list- Number 1 repeats

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Aug 08, 2017 Aug 08, 2017

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Occasionally when I create numbered lists, I get all ones and can't seem to correct it unless I go into each line and tell it to continue numbering. I have other occasions when the numbering starts at the wrong place, which is not as annoying since I can just reset the first number.

I've checked the paragraph styles andean't seem to figure it out.

Any ideas?

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 08, 2017 Aug 08, 2017
Check that the list is set to "Continue from previous number".

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Aug 08, 2017 Aug 08, 2017

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Check that the list is set to "Continue from previous number".

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Aug 08, 2017 Aug 08, 2017

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Thanks, Barbara- That helps and I had tried that option, but now subsequent lists in different cells are continuing from the previous. It may have been an issue when I imported the text or something else.

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Aug 08, 2017 Aug 08, 2017

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You need to build two paragraph styles for numbered lists. 1 that says start at. 1 that says continue from previous number.

Mike Witherell

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New Here ,
Aug 08, 2017 Aug 08, 2017

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That definitely makes sense, thanks. Alleviates some of the tedium.

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Aug 08, 2017 Aug 08, 2017

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Yes, Michael is right. If you have more than one numbered list in the document, you need two paragraph styles: one to start the list and one to increment the numbering. They would look something like this:

And use the Next Paragraph Style setting so that you don't have to manually apply the next style.

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Aug 08, 2017 Aug 08, 2017

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Thanks to both of you!

RB

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Aug 09, 2017 Aug 09, 2017

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You're very welcome.

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Oct 07, 2020 Oct 07, 2020

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None of this is working for me.   I have Indesign 2020 (version 15.1.2).  I set up styles for tables and figures in my document, where the first style for each is set to start at 1 and the next style is set to continue from the previous number.   However, the continued style will not continue the list - they all say Figure or Table 1 even though it says to continue the list under Mode.  How do I fix that?????

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Oct 07, 2020 Oct 07, 2020

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I just stumbled on the answer.  Under Type - Bulleted and Numbered Lists - Define Lists I created one list called Figures and another called Tables.  I then edited each of the initial and continued styles to designate the appropriate list under Bullets and Numbering - List.   Fixed!

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New Here ,
Oct 19, 2020 Oct 19, 2020

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You're a lifesaver! I couldn't figure it out and this just worked, thank you so much!

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New Here ,
Jan 09, 2022 Jan 09, 2022

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Thank you! This seems to be the ACTUAL correct answer - not the one displayed in the green box above.

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Jan 09, 2022 Jan 09, 2022

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>>> This seems to be the ACTUAL correct answer - not the one displayed in the green box above.

The answer marked correct is just that--correct for the original post

The problem with having two lists is a different issue and should have a separate post. 

David Creamer
Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Professional, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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Apr 09, 2022 Apr 09, 2022

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 Exactly what i needed. Thank you so much!

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New Here ,
Nov 07, 2018 Nov 07, 2018

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Indesign 2018 Update: Click right mouse on selection and click Continue Numbering.

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New Here ,
Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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I can't see this in the menu in InDesign CC 2019. Did they remove it?

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Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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It's there in 2019. Click your Type tool in the paragraph and right click.

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New Here ,
Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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Hey Barbara, I think zuzana and I have the same issue - no option to do that:

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Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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InDesign menus are often context-sensitive. If the paragraph is already continuing the numbering, the Continue Numbering command won't display. Instead, the menu will show the Restart Numbering command. If you choose Restart Numbering, so that the paragraph where your cursor is gets assigned the number 1, then when  you right click you will get the Continue Numbering command.

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New Here ,
Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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Thanks Barbara - that explains a lot!

I have a specific issue where my numbering goes from 1-4, and then the next heading starts at 3 and continues on to 5. I've checked and the following are selected:

Paragraph style is clear of any overrides

Paragraph style has the mode 'continue from previous number' checked

Paragraph style is the same on all numbered items

Do you have any ideas what I might have missed?

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Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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You're welcome. Glad that cleared things up.

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Dec 26, 2021 Dec 26, 2021

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I have another problem with the numbering lists in Indesign. My new list will start on 1 and continue to number 2 and maybe 3 but then it starts to give number 6 for example and I have to convert to text to correct the numbers ----very frustrating as my lists are set up correctly. I have only had this problem with the most recen versionss of Indesign. Any ideas...?

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Dec 26, 2021 Dec 26, 2021

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I have another problem with the numbering lists in Indesign. My new list will start on 1 and continue to number 2 and maybe 3 but then it starts to give number 6 for example and I have to convert to text to correct the numbers ----very frustrating as my lists are set up correctly. I have only had this problem with the most recen versionss of Indesign. Any ideas...?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 28, 2021 Dec 28, 2021

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Hi nicob110611,

please provide a document saved from InDesign 2022 version 17.0.1 where you see the issue.

Also one from a previous version of InDesign where you cannot see the issue with the same setup of styles.

 

Thanks,
Uwe Laubender

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