How to add page numbers in InDesign

As a professional desktop publishing software, Adobe InDesign has become a go-to tool for designers and publishers worldwide. With its advanced features and tools, it provides an easy-to-use platform for designing and laying out various publications, including books, magazines, brochures, and more.

An important feature in InDesign is the ability to add page numbers to your document. Whether you’re creating a long book or a short pamphlet, page numbers are essential for organizing your content and making it easy for readers to navigate through the publication.

In this article, we’ll show you how to add page numbers in InDesign, step-by-step. We’ll also cover some important tips and tricks to help you optimize your page numbering for different types of publications.

Step 1: Create a New Parent Page

The first step in adding page numbers to your InDesign document is to create a new parent page. A parent page is a kind of template that you can apply to one or more pages in your document to apply consistent design elements. In this case, we’ll use a parent page to apply the page numbering to all pages in our document.

To create a new parent page, go to the Pages panel on the right-hand side of the InDesign window. Right-click on any of the existing parent pages and select “New Parent.”

Give your new parent page a name that makes sense for your publication. For example, if you’re creating a book, you might name your parent page “Book Pages.” Click “OK” to create your new parent page.

Step 2: Add a Page Number Placeholder

Now that you’ve created a new parent page, it’s time to add a page number marker. A marker is simply a placeholders for dynamic content that changes frequently, such as page numbers.

To add a page number marker, select the Type tool from the toolbar on the left-hand side of the InDesign window. Click and drag to create a text frame on your new parent page.

Next, go to the Type menu at the top of the InDesign window and select “Insert Special Character” > “Markers” > “Current Page Number.” This will insert a marker for the current page number into the text frame on the parent page.

Adjust the size and position of your page number placeholder to fit your design. You can also add any additional design elements that you want to appear on every page of your document.

Step 3: Apply the Parent Page to Your Document

Now that you’ve created your new parent page with a current page number marker, it’s time to apply it to your document. This will ensure that the page numbering appears on every page of your publication.

To apply the parent page, go to the Pages panel and select the pages that you want to apply it to. You can do this by clicking on individual pages while holding down the Shift key to select multiple pages at once.

Once you’ve selected the pages, right-click and select “Apply Parent to Pages.” Choose the parent page that you just created and click “OK.”

Your page numbering should now appear on every page that you applied the parent page to. If you need to make any changes to the design or placement of the page number, simply go back to the parent page and make the necessary adjustments.

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