3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 13, 2016 12:46 PM by Obi-wan Kenobi

    Creating Odd Numbered Lists



      My coworkers and I are trying to create an odd numbered list in inDesign for a math textbook we are creating. We can't seem to find any ways across the internet to help us with our problem. We need a list for odd numbered problems, ex:







      Does anyone know how to do this?


        • 1. Re: Creating Odd Numbered Lists
          Sandee Cohen Adobe Community Professional

          You're going to need two paragraph styles both set to have numbers.

          Then apply the style 1 to the odd numbers and style 2 to the even numbers.

          Then make the leading and point size of style 2 microscopic

          Then make the character color for style 2 None.

          Finally make your list as

          Style 1 with text

          Style 2 with only a paragraph return

          Style 1 with text

          Style 2 with only a paragraph return.

          Your users will never see the number in style 2 but you will have the effect of an odd numbered list.


          It's very possible someone else will have a more elegant solution. But this is what occurred to me.

          • 2. Re: Creating Odd Numbered Lists
            faithm78405282 Level 1

            We have considered this go around, but it's not in best practice for the level of product we are trying to produce. If there is a way to do this in one paragraph style, character style, or GREP, that is what we are looking for.

            • 3. Re: Creating Odd Numbered Lists
              Obi-wan Kenobi Level 5

              Hi Sandee,


              Elegant trick I use too, playing a double regex to treat the question in batch [1 click using Multi/Find-Change of our friend Martinho da Gloria]!  ;-)


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              I use a non-joiner to keep in mind this kind of special use of blank line!

              Note we don't really need to use $0 in the replace-field! Why do I use it: to not forget that we can use:

              $0$0 to have this numbering: 1, 4, 7, 10, …

              $0$0$0;-) to have: 1, 5, 10, 15, …




              Another way I use too allowing more graphic effects on the numbering. 1 click too!


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              A third variant: anchoring an invisible auto-num text block [visible outside page] at the beginning of the target paras!