Page numbers incorrect (16 out of 15 pages)

New Here ,
Apr 26, 2021 Apr 26, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi,

 

I'm new to InDesign and am trying to learn it. A document I was sent has a wrong page number - it shows 16 pages out of 15 pages. What I'm thinking is that the original document had a page added to it at some point; I could be wrong, though. I checked the page numbering and nothing seems out of the ordinary.

 

Can someone please help me? Where should I start? I can provide some more information if needed.

TOPICS
How to

Views

83

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines

correct answers 1 Correct Answer

Adobe Community Professional , Apr 26, 2021 Apr 26, 2021
Hi @Nmack: The correct way to approach this is to use the Last Page Number variable on the master page. This allows InDesign to track the last page number and update it for you. Then you don't have to worry about it as the page count adjusts after edits. It sounds like someone manually added the value 15 for the last number instead of using the variable, probably on the master page, but potentially on each individual body page, depending on their knowledge level.  ~Barb 

Likes

Translate

Translate
Enthusiast ,
Apr 26, 2021 Apr 26, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

If this line of text is a Master Page item, look there. It may be the original designer set up that line originally as "Page A of 15" (the A is a placemarker for "Current Page Number") when it was maybe a 15 page document, but wasn't changed when the new page was added.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 26, 2021 Apr 26, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi @Nmack:

 

The correct way to approach this is to use the Last Page Number variable on the master page. This allows InDesign to track the last page number and update it for you. Then you don't have to worry about it as the page count adjusts after edits. It sounds like someone manually added the value 15 for the last number instead of using the variable, probably on the master page, but potentially on each individual body page, depending on their knowledge level. 

 

~Barb 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Got it! Thank you. The text was locked and I had to do "Unlock all Spread" first, then I followed your directions from a few years ago on RockyMountainTraining on how to alter it. 

 

Thanks again.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

LOL. I don't remember writing that post or I would have linked to it for you. 🙄 

 

Well, glad I could help. 😂

 

~Barb 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines