CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS on ODD Pages Only

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Hello all!

 

I am a graphic designer with pre-press knowledge and I have a huge problem that maybe someone can help me with?!

 

I have a few mutli-page PDFs - every odd page is a header to a two-page letter in which has a corrosponding envelope. There must be a number (1-...) on the header page to corrolate to an envelope.

 

So, basically, I need to add consecutive numbers to the ODD pages only. Page 1 would have a tiny "1" in the top right corner where as Page 3 would need a "2" and so on. 

 

Is this at all possible?! HELPPPPP

 

Thanks!!

 

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Guide , Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020
Instead of using automatic page numbers, make a text frame only on the right master page. Next, make a text frame on the pasteboard and style it to the size and font you want, and make it a numbered list. Then hit the Enter key as many times as you have need for numbers. If it's a lot, do it 10 times, select all, copy and paste 10 times and you'll  have a hundred. Now tick the out-port of the text frame with the numbered list, hold Shift and click into the master frame on the first document page...

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020
Hi @Seek-5C7C : Note that InDesign won't put a number in front of an empty paragraph. Adding a space on the line is all it take for the number to show up, in @Migintosh's example, add Spacebar Enter instead of just Enter. My variation is to add a primary text frame on the right master—though this assumes you aren't already using a primary frame for the body of the document. Add a paragraph style that increments the number by 1, and set the keep options to top of right page. Then Spacebar Ent...

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 04, 2020 Dec 04, 2020
You may also consider doing the numbering in Acrobat, and set up a Bates Numbering scheme to hit only the odd pages

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Instead of using automatic page numbers, make a text frame only on the right master page. Next, make a text frame on the pasteboard and style it to the size and font you want, and make it a numbered list. Then hit the Enter key as many times as you have need for numbers. If it's a lot, do it 10 times, select all, copy and paste 10 times and you'll  have a hundred. Now tick the out-port of the text frame with the numbered list, hold Shift and click into the master frame on the first document page. It will send all of the overset text into the chain of master frames, with one on each odd page.

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Hi @Seek-5C7C :

 

Note that InDesign won't put a number in front of an empty paragraph. Adding a space on the line is all it take for the number to show up, in @Migintosh's example, add Spacebar Enter instead of just Enter.

 

My variation is to add a primary text frame on the right master—though this assumes you aren't already using a primary frame for the body of the document. Add a paragraph style that increments the number by 1, and set the keep options to top of right page. Then Spacebar Enter as many times as you need and the list will flow through the threaded frames.

 

~Barb 

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You may also consider doing the numbering in Acrobat, and set up a Bates Numbering scheme to hit only the odd pages

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