Restart numbering not working for numbered lists created w/ paragraph style

Community Beginner ,
Feb 20, 2008 Feb 20, 2008

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Issue: Numbered lists created with a paragraph style continue numbering from elsewhere in the document.
OS: Windows XP SP2
Software: InDesign CS3
Details: I would like numbered lists to begin with #1 rather than continuing numbering from elsewhere in the document.

If I highlight the list in question, then choose Type > Bulleted and Numbered Lists, the option to restart numbering is grayed out.

If I double click on the paragraph style and examine the Bullets and Numbering options the mode is "continue from previous number." If I change the mode to "Start at 1" every item in my numbered list has the number '1'.

I have no character styles applied and no overrides or local formatting applied.

Seems like the opposite problem from the discussion below:
http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.3c055d95/2

Thanks,

Josh G.
Portland, OR

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Explorer ,
Feb 20, 2008 Feb 20, 2008

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You need a different paragraph style for the first item in a list.

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Kenneth Benson
Pegasus Type, Inc.
www.pegtype.com

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Explorer ,
Feb 20, 2008 Feb 20, 2008

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Or, if there's another style that will always appear between the lists (eg, body text), make that style level 1 with no numbers and make your list level 2 with "restart after previous level" enabled.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 21, 2008 Feb 21, 2008

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A couple of other tips...

Make sure you use Paragraph styles

Make sure you name the lists (don't use the default name unless doing a continuous list document wide)

For a numbered list, make two styles, both part of the same named list:

One style, name NumList (for example) and set to continue from previous number;

The second style, name NumList1 and based it one the first;
set this style to (re)start the count at 1

Use a character style to format the numbers if desired.

I have a ID file with different numbered list examples at:
<http://www.ideastraining.com/PDFs/IDCS3_NumberingExamples.zip>

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Explorer ,
Feb 17, 2010 Feb 17, 2010

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David C,

Could you tell me what format those numbering samples are? I unzipped th IDCS3_Numbering samples, but don't know which format to choose for Numbering Exmples.indd--htm, html, or pdf nor that file's relatinship to the _MACOSX

Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 17, 2010 Feb 17, 2010

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This is a really old thread and david may not be watching anymore, so...

The zip file contains a CS3 .indd file that opens with InDesign. There's no HTML or PDF involved. Just ignore the _MacOSX folder. It's useless on PC and should be invisible to Mac users, but it needs to be extracted along with the .indd on the Mac.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 17, 2010 Feb 17, 2010

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When you open the file you'll probably get a missing plugin warning for History.IndesignPlugin. You can just ignore it and say OK and the file will open fine.

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Explorer ,
Feb 17, 2010 Feb 17, 2010

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THX, Peter!

RoboHelp has the same problem, perhaps this example will help, but I can't get to it without InDesign

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018

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Revised link to InDesign sample numbering methods:

Adobe Creative Cloud

The file is zipped.

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New Here ,
Mar 22, 2016 Mar 22, 2016

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This worked well for me, although I'm normally fine with the reset trick below... many thanks!

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Explorer ,
Apr 07, 2008 Apr 07, 2008

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A quick way to reset the numbers to start from 1 for that list is select the particular list, then
under Para control panel:
- hit the little bullets button
-and then hit the numbered list button again

this appears to start them from 1 for that list without having to do the above steps.

It worked for me.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 17, 2015 Jul 17, 2015

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Works every time! This option is located at the top of my screen, not in the Window panel for Paragraph.

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New Here ,
Jul 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017

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Thanks so much!!! I'm using CS6 & this is the quickest way of restarting numbered lists. Love it! But do have to point out that it creates an override that you have to make sure you don't clear. If you do, it goes back to continuous numbering.

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Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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Always the simplest method!! Well done!!

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 12, 2008 Apr 12, 2008

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None of these suggestions work, or even make sense. Sorry.

I have the same problem as posed by Josh G. It seems this is a serious defect in ID with no way, sensible or ridiculous, of having a series of numbered lists, say ten or twenty lists, each list starting with 1 and ending with whatever.

Even creating a new paragraph style for each list fails to accomplish this. Fooling with "Mode" and "Restart Numbering" just gives all items in list the same number -- 1. This is pathetic.

Or what am I missing? I'm from Missouri.

Show me.

(please ;-)

Thanks.

regards,

stevenjs

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 13, 2008 Apr 13, 2008

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It's certainly not intuitive but it does work. The trick is to create a
numbered list style that has no number and use that to restart the
numbering.

Bob

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Explorer ,
Apr 13, 2008 Apr 13, 2008

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Please don't post the same complaint multiple times. Ask a specific
question.

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Kenneth Benson
Pegasus Type, Inc.
www.pegtype.com

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New Here ,
Nov 09, 2010 Nov 09, 2010

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People keep changing the subject before the question is answered.  I am having the same problem - I have used InDesign for many years and have not had this problem before - it is very unpleasant - especially on a deadline, and I can understand his frustration.  It ONLY happens when I use Paragraph Styles, not when clicking the Numbered List button.  I would forgo using the Paragraph Syles altogether when using the Numbering List, but sometimes I need to change the spacing, and I'd like it to look consistent.  I think I am going to have IT re-load InDesign.

This is a sample what I get:

1.Er aliquis nonu

1. Msan ulput ulla alisi te minis adiam vel ut lore magnis dolummodion ullandrem augait, cons eumsan velit nisl ullandio eum velendre core doloreet nonullaor aliquis erilisim venibh el et lum inci te molum

1.Odionsent la core consendre ver si.

1. Ex eugiat nullaorem vel inci blam eu feu feuip ex exer suscil duis duisit ad dit wisit nibh et nummy nis auguer

Cindy

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 09, 2010 Nov 09, 2010

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Without seeing your settings there's no way to diagnose it. Can you upload the file somewhere?

Bob

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Nov 10, 2010 Nov 10, 2010

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Thank you for responding so quickly.  Oddly enough I attended an InDesign training session thru my firm yesterday (really very interesting, even though we know all that stuff0 and I had a chance to talk to the people in our Marketing Division - all of whom have the same problem and tell me they avoid numbered lists, if possible.  I am the only Graphic Designer in Engineering and that is NOT an option.  Incidentally, I duplicated what occurs on my computer when I was using the Training Room computer, so everyone could see what I was up against.

I did a screen capture of what happens when I use numbered lists in conjunction with Paragraph Styles.  I am attaching a PDF - not sure if it will post - if it doesn't, please contact me and we will figure something out.

Thanks for your help.

Cynthia L. Frear

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Nov 10, 2010 Nov 10, 2010

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Attachments are disabled. You can emebed a screen caprure in a post if you visit the web page again, or you can use a file share service and post a link.

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Nov 10, 2010 Nov 10, 2010

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Gottcha.

Cindy

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Nov 10, 2010 Nov 10, 2010

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Was that regarding the number, or the contact info, or something else?

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New Here ,
Nov 10, 2010 Nov 10, 2010

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Looked in the Help section first - there is a lot of info there, but mostly about 'continued from previous' - which is great when I am doing sequentially numbered headers. However, the jobs I work on usually contain a big paragraph that contains a numbered list - then another big paragraph and another numbered list about something else.

Cindy

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Nov 10, 2010 Nov 10, 2010

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Length of the paragraph is irrelevant. The procedure is the same.

Bob

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