Hi Doctor Sonic: If I understand your question, this is what you are looking for:
You can use the same logic outlined on here: https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-indesign-numbering-chapters-subheads-tables-fi gures/, with one minor tweak. The difference is that you want the 2nd column numbers to continue incrementing along with the chapter titles, but not the 3rd column numbers, which need to restart at 1. The key is to turn Restart Numbers at this Level to off for the column 2 numbers, and back on for the column 3 numbers.
Then in your book, set the Document Chapter Numbering, and update the numbers.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Oh no! That doesn't work! I am so sorry. I totally thought I had it.
Edit: no wait. (And now I'm talking to myself.) I just missed the 3rd level.
And I'm going to have to try this again, but I'm out of time tonight. So close! Fingers crossed that I can get this going in the morning.
Thank you for your help. I'll try this tomorrow, after a good night's sleep. If we can't get it to work, no worries. It's NOT a "must have," and being non-standard might confuse readers anyway.
The book is under going peer scrutiny currently, the first wave. It might be completely re-organized after peer review.
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Sorry about my meltdown last night! In the clear light of day, we are back on track:
I'll repost the numbering properties for all four levels, but I think everything is the same as yesterday's screen shots for the title and heads1 and 2, but I'm adding the screen shot for the head3s.
Hi Doctor Sonic,
Did Barb's solution get you what you needed? Let us know if you need further help!
I am so sorry, I started to implement Barb's suggestions and got pulled off that onto design production emergencies. I'll try to get back to the book formatting soon.
John Walt Childers
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