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Skip page numbering on first few pages

Explorer ,
Apr 13, 2015 Apr 13, 2015

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I'm working on a multi-page booklet in InDesign CC2014 and I want to start the page numbering on what is basically page 6, skipping numbering the cover and the next four pages after, but I can't see any way to do it. I've been playing with the numbering and section options, but nothing seems to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Community Expert , Apr 14, 2015 Apr 14, 2015

All of the pages in your document have to have a number assigned to them, but you don't need to show that number on the page.

As Willi says, create a new section where you want your page numbering to start at 1 (this is called section numbering, or the "logical" page number). ID will complain when you exit the dialog that you already have a page with that number, so it's also a good idea to change the numbering style for the pages before. Front matter is traditionally numbered with small Roman nu

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Apr 13, 2015 Apr 13, 2015

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Double click on the page icon in the Page Panel where you want to restart the new numbering, in the Page Panel Menu > Numbering & Section Options… select to start numbering at 1 (and start a new section).

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All of the pages in your document have to have a number assigned to them, but you don't need to show that number on the page.

As Willi says, create a new section where you want your page numbering to start at 1 (this is called section numbering, or the "logical" page number). ID will complain when you exit the dialog that you already have a page with that number, so it's also a good idea to change the numbering style for the pages before. Front matter is traditionally numbered with small Roman numerals (i, ii, iii...), and I usually use A, B, C... for cover and inside cover, with no page number markers on pages that should be unnumbered in the final doc.

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Apr 14, 2015 Apr 14, 2015

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Thanks, Peter. That helped, but now ID has taken my new page 1 (previously page 6) and changed it from a spread (page 6 on the left, page 7 on the right) to a single page, throwing off the formatting. How do I keep the spread with page 1 starting on the left?

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Valorous Hero ,
Apr 14, 2015 Apr 14, 2015

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It's a bit weird to have page one verso.

Anyway, to do it: before changing the page numbering as above, select the spread in the pages panel, right click, and

deselect the option "Allow selected spread to shuffle". Now you can change the page numbering...

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Apr 14, 2015 Apr 14, 2015

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Thank you, that worked!

Yes, I know what you are saying about starting with page on the verso page. I've been trying to explain that my my client but it's falling on deaf ears.

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Apr 14, 2015 Apr 14, 2015

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Have them open any six books at random and look at the page numbering....

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Community Beginner ,
May 08, 2021 May 08, 2021

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I'm having difficulty with this as well. I had no trouble with steps 1 and 2 starting a new numbering section at the start of the body text with number 1 and changing the front matter to i, ii etc. 

But the thing is, I don't want any numbers to show in the front matter. I mostly produce novels and children's books. I can't understand why there isn't just a simple option in the dialogue box to leave numbers blank in a section. 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 13, 2021 Dec 13, 2021

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Oh, I solved this, for me anyway. 

Like so many things, the solution is obvious when you realise it, but would it kill the experts to have given this answer?

I simply create the A-Parent (previously known as A Master) and copy that to a B-Parent. 

One, usually A, has the numbering included and the other, B, has it omitted. 

Then I assign all my front and back matter to B-Parent, and the body pages to A-Master. 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 13, 2021 Dec 13, 2021

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Which NOW, on rereading the correct asnwer, I can see that's what it says and I feel like an idiot for not spotting that before. 

And I can't see how to delete the comment. Arrgh. LOL 

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Dec 13, 2021 Dec 13, 2021

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Don't lose any sleep over it.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 24, 2022 Jan 24, 2022

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I love the evolution of thought here. Good work, all of you!

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Feb 16, 2023 Feb 16, 2023

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It's absolutely bonkers that this questioned has been answered dozens of times over many years. Each explanation a little different than the last. There should simply be an ad-style box that says the following "Begin my page numbering at page __, the first sequential number shall be ___." I drive by an Adobe campus once and a while and I see the fooseball tables or whatever through the massive glass, in the $100M building. No more fooseball until every Adobe product is intuitive and simple. 

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