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Do you have a really long document and you’d like to number the pages but you don’t wanna do it manually, you want InDesign to just do it for you? Well, it’s pretty easy and today I’m going to show you exactly how to do that.

Hi, everyone. I’m Lisa from Pretty Fabulous and I help online businesses to create beautiful digital downloads using Adobe InDesign. So if that sounds like you or something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. And I post new videos every Monday and Thursday.

To number pages in InDesign is really easy. The first thing you need to do is … I’m going to assume you have a document open with multiple pages, hence why you need page numbering. Now you’re going to have to use the master pages feature which you see up here at the top. So this is my fly out menu for pages inside InDesign. If you don’t see this on the right, don’t panic. All you need to do is go over to window and make sure that pages is selected. Now once you’re inside here, I can see that all of the pages I have have the master page A applied to them and I can tell this one of two ways. One I can see the letter A and if I hover over each of those pages, a little popup shows up telling me which master page has been applied. So InDesign is not trying to hide the information from you. It’s pretty easy to find.

So we are going to go ahead and put the page number on master pages. So I’m going to double click master pages and I can see it’s blank. I haven’t actually put anything on this master page and I wanna put that page number right here at the … actually let’s just put it at the bottom. So I am going to go to the type tool and I am simply going to create a text box. I’m going to just eyeball it and put it in the center. You can definitely do some measurements and make sure it’s definitely centered. And I’m going to put the word page and I am going to center that word inside that text box and I’m going to put a space. And then to the right of that I am going to go to type here at the top, then I am going to go to insert special character, markers, and current page number.

So very, very easy, nothing really complicated about this. It’s just that sometimes if you’re thinking like Microsoft Word ways or PowerPoint. I used those for years too in corporate America and I’m looking for insert page numbers or header or footer or things like that and that’s just not how Adobe works. Once you start using it, you’ll start getting used to the menu and get out of that corporate mind shift. But, over here let’s put A. Now it’s a little confusing because A is a letter and you want to make sure that there’s a number there. Now, I only have four pages so I know that one through four is not going to go outside of that text box because, remember, we don’t want overflow with our text. So you need to make sure that your text box is large enough such that it can hold all of those pages. So, again, if you have a very small width of a text box … Lemme just show you over here.

Mine is pretty wide so I could probably make this a 500 or 1,000 page document or even a 10,000 and I’m not going to run out of space in my bounding box for that text box. So that’s just really something minor but something you’ll notice once you get into a lot of page numbers. So let’s go ahead and double click and see what it looks like. And we see page one and we see page two, page three, and page four. So it worked and that’s all you need to do to create auto numbering inside InDesign.

All right. I hope that was helpful and I will see you guys next week. Bye.

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