Page numbers play a vital role in the communication between the reader and the author. By following the sequence of events and understanding the writer's thought process, the reader can engage with the content more effectively. Additionally, page numbers enable readers to locate specific parts of the document with ease.
Beyond their usefulness in reading and finding content, page numbers are also important for other processes such as printing and proofing. In this post, we will share best practices for page numbering in InDesign.
Tips & Tricks to Add and Style page numbers:-
InDesign uses Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3...) as page numbers by default. However, you can number pages using upper or lowercase Roman (i, ii, iii...) or the alphabet (a, b, c...) for numbering.
You can also number pages using preceding zeros.
Each document part that uses a different numbering style is called a Section.
A Section indicator icon on the page icon in the Pages panel indicates the start of a new section.
Arabic numerals are used for Japanese, Chinese, or Korean page numbers by default. However, you can use the Numbering & Section Options panel to specify the numbering style.
The Style option in the Layout > Numbering & Section Options panel allows you to select the number of digits in the page number, for example, 001 or 0001.
If a number or letter appears before the current page number, it means that it includes a section prefix.
Go to Layout > Numbering & Section Options panel, and uncheck Include Prefix When Numbering Pages to remove the number prefixes.
Follow any of these options to remove the page number from the first page:
Apply a different parent or no parent
Override and delete the document page’s parent text frame (Ctrl+Shift-click on Windows or Cmd+Shift-click on macOS).