Footnote numbering is not continued across documents in a book. This is an expected behavior and not a bug. Please see the section Footnote numbering and formatting options in this URL: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WSa285fff53dea4f8617383751001ea8cb3f-6f37a.h tml. Please see attached screen: However, if you have threaded text frames across your book documents, then Footnote numbering will continue.
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Thanks. Each document of such book is 'fully threaded', so in the documents itself we have no problems.
It's just very dangerous to let each document start with a hard footnote number.
When we receive corrections from the client and he adds 1 footnote in the first file, we have to adjust all following files manually...
I'm afraid someone will forget it once.
Why can Adobe do it for page numbers and not for footnote numbers?
It's a bit the same in my opinion.
It is now the end of 2017. I have the same problem and cannot find how Indesign 2018 automatically numbers footnotes in a book across documents. Word has had this for at least a decade. Is it really true, what I'm reading? That one has to manually set the # from each document? This is hell. A few changes so that my first chapter-doc grows by one page and then I have to manually adjust every doc thereafter (and I have 12 chapters-docs).
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with InDesign CC 2018 nothing changed in this regards.
One way out could be a custom script that checks for footnote start and numbers of footnotes in the first document of your book, that has footnotes and adjusts the numbering start for every other document in your book. You'd have to run such a script every time after you:
1. Added or removed documents in your book file.
2. Added or removed footnotes somewhere in the book's documents.
3. Changed order of documents in the book.
Sorry to hear it, but many thanks for the confirmation. It will save me time looking for easier solutions. I'll manually solve the problem this time, waiting until right before printing before I # the notes across docs manually, and think of a script if I continue to use InDesign after. Still, I'm stunned that the coders have built in automatic page numbering, and yet not this. Not much different for footnotes, as you suggest (check the final # of footnotes, increment by 1 and that is the # of the first footnote in the next doc), and as someone else mentioned.
Thanks again, Laubender.