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

# Creating Odd Numbered Lists

Hello,

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:

1

3

5

7

etc.

Does anyone know how to do this?

Thanks

• ###### 1. Re: Creating Odd Numbered Lists

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.

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

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

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]!  ;-)

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!

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