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I'm guessing that ForwardStart is defined to Start Page Numbering at 2
Chapters2 and beyond may have been a copy of ForwardStart with the Start Page Numbering still set to 2
Verify that they appear as shown - Automatic Page Numbering
If all else fails, create a new document, and Move the pages from the problem files to new documents
Forward start was actually created after all the other documents. It is set to page 2 and not auto. the next one tho is set to Auto and every other chapter thereafter. Which puzzles me if the settings are all the same, why is Chapter 2 taking it and the rest not? Also if I change the Forwardstart chapter to Auto the spread completely breaks apart, and creates opposing pages, on different spreads. So frustrating, it has to be something I am missing.
Correct me if I am wrong, the only areas to update these settings is either the numbering and sectioning options in the flyout drop down, or globally in the general preferences pane for numbers to start either at 1, or 2.
I am trying to stay away from the MOVE workaround as I have about 100 pages and severly past deadline already. So odd I have done this a bunch of times produced books in the past, have never had this happen. The only thing I can think of is some of the previous books were ebooks, and not built with spreads, this book was build with spreads and facing pages.
It sounds as if you are starting with a Left Hand Facing page (inside cove page?). Hence, the head scratching for ForwardSpread. I've only had a need to do this once, this week. UnCheck allow pages to Shuffle (counter-intuitive to me) and drag page icons if it siuts your view.
Facing pages is not necessary to accomplish your book document, but is more a visual assistance in layout and possibly items crossing the spine. If it helps, and I think not, you can turn it off in the Document Setup; be mindful of anything crossing the spine.
The MOVE work-around - if you indeed have Auto Numbering on, possibly the documents or the indb book filehave some corruption. You can create a new Book and load the existing documents to it relatively quickly; Moving pages from one doc to another would eliminate any document corruption. (You would need to define Auto Numbering in the new document(s))
Can you post a screen shot of Chapter2 or Chapter3 Page Numbering option? (btw, you mentiond Chapter 2 was fine; I'm going to refer to the files as listed in your original post)
Message was edited by: Daniel Flavin - Turning off Facing Pages will lose any unique items on the Right Hand Master Page
Wow..... If I tell you what a noob I was being here..... I figure it out. I was going into page numbering and setting it to automatic.... never looking into DOCUMENT numbering. that did the trick. Thank you SO much for your help. I didn't understand facing pages, and the shuffle features, you helped me greatly. Happy Holidays Daniel!
Here's a clue that might help someone in the future. It took me a day and a half to figure this out even with the help of this thread—and I'm still not sure I understand it. However, I had too many changes invested to revert to an earlier version when I discovered this problem.
What finally worked for me was: Beginning with the last document in the book I started opening them one at a time and changing the GENERAL PREFERENCES for the document to SECTION NUMBERING and then updating the numbering from the BOOK PANEL dropdown menu. (This seems counter intuitive since I wanted to see the document pages displayed consecutively throughout the book. That sounds like Absolute Numbering to me, but it probably makes sense if you understand it on a deeper level than I do).
I doubt that beginning at the last document of the book had anything to do with it, but when I set the GENERAL PREFS for the second to last document to SECTION NUMBERING and then UPDATED the NUMBERING, all of the documents in the BOOK PANEL renumbered consecutively which then allowed the numbering in the table of contents to again be correct. WHEW!
Thanks to all of you who've taken the time to post responses here and in other forums!