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Entire Novel in One INDD File: How to Number Chapters?

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I cannot find a solution online to create a paragraph at the beginning of each chapter in my novel, formatted as "Chapter <nnn>", with <nnn> incrementing by one vor every sequential chapter.

I read on one InDesign help page that a document can have only one chapter. One can separate a document into multiple .indd files, each with one 'chapter' (known apparently as a 'section' in InDesign), then collect them all together, with one TOC, using a Book (.indb file).

That solution is awkward at best, as I am adding content to the novel and do not want to have to read from one .indd file to the next -- I prefer a continuous text flow, chapter after chapter, into which I can add, edit, insert a new chapter, etc.

This is a rudimentary feature of word processing tools. I know that InDesign is a layout tool, but really?

I cannot find any mention of "user-defined text variables", except of fixed content.

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Entire Novel in One INDD File: How to Number Chapters?

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I cannot find a solution online to create a paragraph at the beginning of each chapter in my novel, formatted as "Chapter <nnn>", with <nnn> incrementing by one vor every sequential chapter.

I read on one InDesign help page that a document can have only one chapter. One can separate a document into multiple .indd files, each with one 'chapter' (known apparently as a 'section' in InDesign), then collect them all together, with one TOC, using a Book (.indb file).

That solution is awkward at best, as I am adding content to the novel and do not want to have to read from one .indd file to the next -- I prefer a continuous text flow, chapter after chapter, into which I can add, edit, insert a new chapter, etc.

This is a rudimentary feature of word processing tools. I know that InDesign is a layout tool, but really?

I cannot find any mention of "user-defined text variables", except of fixed content.

Ideas?

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Hi Bill:

 

We use the chapter number counter (^H) when we create an InDesign book, where each chapter is its own file. 

 

If you want to work in one long document, use the level 1 counter (^1) to represent your chapter numbers. 

 

Both techniques are outlined here. 

https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-indesign-numbering-headings/ 

 

~Barb 

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