I don't know what's wrong with your page numbering, but working out an indexing structure so that you can use the built-in indexing feature seems like it would be a lot less work than what you doing now.
Thank you much for your reply. I agree if that were feasable. But take my word for it that the indexing structure of some works does not manifest itself in any useful manner until the work is well under way. I once tried the InDesign indexing feature, but it did not work ... it required constant adjustment, and I mean constant.
As for the numbering it gets weirder ... finally got Ch. 13 to accept page 161 as the correct page number for the start of the chapter. The page numbers in the chapter went 161, 162, 163, 164, 1, 2 ,3, ....
I have never encountered anything like it ....
Maybe there are some custom section starts on some of your pages. Either that, or you have a slightly corrupt document. (If there are not any custom section starts, export there problem file as an IDML)
Two questions: i) What is the significance is an IDML file? ii) I have been using ID for years and I have never encountered anything like what is going on. If I change the page numbers in ch. 12 it may or may not change the page numbers in a previous file, e.g., ch. 11. I am looking at years of work going down the tubes over page numbering....
Appreciate your assistance!
Exporting as an IDML will often fix minor file corruption. Once it's exported, open and work from he IDML - it will save as an InDesign file.
Another thing to consider -- if these same files have been worked with and updated for many years, it would be a good idea to save out all the files as IDML, and link them in a new book file. Lots of little bits of trash can accumulate as a file is saved and re-saved over time.
Tried a test of 10 chapters. Changed each to IDML files and than saved in INDD. When I individually/manually number each chapter it all works. I then placed the files in a book and set them up for section numbering and automatic numbering. No problem with the first five files/chapters. The fifth chapter started on 35 and went 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 35, 36.
I've been working with ID for years now. Never had a problem like this. Is there a way to check for a section break within a chapter.document?
Once again when saving the book after working on Indexing the page
numbers shifted, and they were thoroughly before starting the
session. What is so very curious is I have used ID for some years now
and QuarkXpress before it. Have never known page numbers to
essentially change on their own. I use Sections and Numbering. But, I
am not familiar with the "mall triangle above the page". Just where
Thank you for your help ...
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In the image attached to my previous reply, look just above the page marked as 35. There is a tiny grey rectangle just above the page icon. Double-click on it to bring up the dialog.