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Yes, there is.
You need to first ensure you work in a Facing Pages document. Something you select when you first create a new document (File > New > Document), or you can change after the fact by choosing File > Document Setup, then selecting the Facing Pages option.
The document is then formatted with left and right pages along the spine.
The next step is to apply a master page that consists of a left and right page spread to the pages in your document, and you'd add the automatic page numbering and footer information on that master page (in a different spot for the left and right page naturally).
- Double click on the Master Page label in the Pages panel to edit an existing master page that is applied to your document pages, or select New Master from the Pages panel menu to create a new master page design to be applied to your document pages, ensure you set Number of Pages to 2.
- Now add a text frame or any other footer information including a 'fake' page number at the bottom of the left and right page of the master page you are editing and format it as you'd like it to be on your odd/even pages.
- To change the fake page number to an automatic page number, use the Type tool to select the fake page number, and choose Type > Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number.
- Repeat step 3 for the page number on the second page.
- Double-click on a document page in the Pages panel to return to the document.
If you opted to create a new master page you'll need to apply this to document pages still.
- In the Pages panel select the pages to which you want to apply the master by clicking on the first page, and then Shift clicking on the last page. This will select all the pages in between as well.
- From the Pages panel menu select Apply Master to Pages, select the correct master to apply from the Apply Master menu in the Apply Master dialog box, and click OK.
Thanks v much for addressing my query with a comprehensive workflow. I truly appreciate it.
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Cari Jansen wrote:
2. Now add a text frame or any other footer information including a 'fake' page number at the bottom of the left and right page of the master page you are editing and format it as you'd like it to be on your odd/even pages.
There is a handy text alignment made just for this: Alignment: Away from Spine. (Or, if you want novelty page numbering towards the spine, "Towards Spine" – I also use this for page numbers that stick out of the margins on the outside and thus need to align towards the text block.)
The big advantage is that you can use a single paragraph style for both the left and right pages.
where in indesign do I locate this option?
Can I not achieve the same result without checking the facing pages option?
In InDesign this option is depending on the spine. And you will only get left or right from spine when using facing pages.
An even/odd rule e.g. would imply, that there is only one possible page left or right from spine. InDesign could hold more pages left or right from spine. 10 pages per spread in total. So, I think, the developers dropped this option. Or never saw the urge to build it that way.
What is your problem with using an InDesign document that is build on facing pages?
No problem at all. I ask in the spirit of curiosity.