4 Replies Latest reply on May 24, 2015 10:29 AM by Igor Delov

    How to create heirarchical numbered lists in InDesign CS6

    Will.Parker Level 1

      Hi all,

       

      I have searched quite a bit on the web for the usual tutorials which assist with basic layout queries.

       

      I have never had to try and build manuals with heirarchical lists in them in InDesign.

      Something that Word does automatically (including all the usual problems with subsequent formatting of course).

       

      What I need is an approach to getting a manual laid out and able to be updated and edited as easily as possible.

       

      MAIN HEADING

       

      x. SECTION HEADING

           x.y Content paragraph

               x.y.z Content sub paragraphs

       

      eg

       

      MAIN CONFIGURATION

       

      1. Balancing the internal shafts

           1.1 Accessing the spindle

                1.1.1 C-Clips and bearing removal

                1.1.2 Reversible bezel fitting

           1.2 Removing the spindle

      2. Setting up the lathe

       

      Etc.

       

      I have tried all sorts of ways to get some automatic handling of this but because it is tied to the paragraph format and I have section and body formatting I find that I can get 1 level numbering that appears to work:

       

      1 Balancing the internal shafts

           1 Accessing the spindle

           2 C-Clips and bearing removal

           3 Reversible bezel fitting

           4 Removing the spindle

      2 Setting up the lathe

       

      I am beginning to think that this is not quite able to be setup in InDesign but I would like some comments if possible...

       

      Best regards,

      Will

        • 1. Re: How to create heirarchical numbered lists in InDesign CS6
          Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

          You need to set up 1 paragraph style for each level.

          In each paragraph style got to the section "Bullets & Numbering"

          Set to numbering, set each paragraph style to the corresponding level. For each level add in the numbering field the placeholder for the same level, in the second and third level set the placeholder and the dot before the actual level for the first and the second level (this only for the third level of course).

          It is also a goot idea to create and select a list which can be done in the same dialog. It would work without a list but it is better to use a list to not get numbering problems with ohter numbered lists in the document.

          • 2. Re: How to create heirarchical numbered lists in InDesign CS6
            afsdfasg Level 2

            fyi

             

            level 1 numbering:

            ^#.^t

            1. Balancing the internal shafts

             

            level 2:

            ^1.^#^t

            1.1 Accessing the spindle

             

            level 3:

            ^1.^2.^#^t

            1.1.1 C-Clips and bearing removal

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            • 3. Re: How to create heirarchical numbered lists in InDesign CS6
              peter minneapolis Level 4

              Willi Adelberger wrote:

               

              You need to set up 1 paragraph style for each level.

              In each paragraph style got to the section "Bullets & Numbering"

              Set to numbering, set each paragraph style to the corresponding level. For each level add in the numbering field the placeholder for the same level, in the second and third level set the placeholder and the dot before the actual level for the first and the second level (this only for the third level of course).

              It is also a goot idea to create and select a list which can be done in the same dialog. It would work without a list but it is better to use a list to not get numbering problems with ohter numbered lists in the document.

              Search Google for terms like "multi-level automatic numbering in indesign" without quotes.

               

               

              HTH

               

               

              Regards,

               

               

              Peter

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              • 4. Re: How to create heirarchical numbered lists in InDesign CS6
                Igor Delov Level 1

                Thanks a lot! It totally works buddy!