7 Replies Latest reply on Aug 4, 2017 12:06 PM by rob day

    Page Numbering a Document That Uses Multiple Masters?

    carrieh90283772

      I'm struggling with numbering pages.  I'd like to number document pages 2-312 as 1,2,3,4...

       

      I've tried creating a master just for my page numbers (then I went to Type, Insert Special Character, Markers, Current page number.  No problems there).  Then I applied that "page number master" to my document.

       

      The problem is it overwrites the content of my document.  I've built my document with 5 different masters applied in various places.

       

      I also tried dropping this "page number master" into a separate layer.  It still overwrites the masters on my original pages.  It doesn't matter whether I drag the new layer to the bottom or the top of the stack.  It still affects my pages - i.e. wipes them out and just shows a page number at the bottom.  Original content gone.

       

      Am I doing this right?  How can I smoothly number pages that already use a master?

       

      Thanks you for your help.

        • 1. Re: Page Numbering a Document That Uses Multiple Masters?
          SJRiegel Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Put the automatic page number on each of your Master pages - it will apply the correct number to each page according to its position in the document.

          Where your plan will run into trouble is with trying to make the 2nd document page into page 1. In order to use automatic numbering, page 1 has to be a right-hand page. You could have the current page 3 become page one, and have the first two be i and ii. This sort of renumbering is available through Numbering and Section Options.

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          • 2. Re: Page Numbering a Document That Uses Multiple Masters?
            BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

            Well, one could defy standard numbering conventions and disable Allow Document Page to Shuffle and make 1 a left hand page, but I don't think it's a good idea. Word through SJRiegel's correct answer above—that's the way to go. If you have any questions, just ask.

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            • 3. Re: Page Numbering a Document That Uses Multiple Masters?
              rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              I've tried creating a master just for my page numbers (then I went to Type, Insert Special Character, Markers, Current page number.  No problems there).  Then I applied that "page number master" to my document.....The problem is it overwrites the content of my document.

               

               

              Normally you would create a base master with the document page numbers then base other masters on your folio master, but with the document already setup you might have to add page numbers to all of your masters positioned in the same place.

               

              So here I have a master I named A-Folios and all it has is the margins and page numbers:

               

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              Then a B-Master that is based on the A-Folio Master. The 2 masters share the page numbers and I've added new content to the B-Master

               

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              • 4. Re: Page Numbering a Document That Uses Multiple Masters?
                rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                I've tried creating a master just for my page numbers (then I went to Type, Insert Special Character, Markers, Current page number.  No problems there).  Then I applied that "page number master" to my document.

                Rather than applying your new page number master to the pages, set it as the base for your other masters via Master Page Options (screen capture #2 in my previous post). That should apply the page numbers to the existing masters and pages. You might have to put the page numbers on the document's top layer

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                • 5. Re: Page Numbering a Document That Uses Multiple Masters?
                  carrieh90283772 Level 1

                  Thank you! That's exactly how I was hoping it would work.  This populated all pages, both those based on a Master and pages that were built from scratch.  And all numbers are in order.

                  • 6. Re: Page Numbering a Document That Uses Multiple Masters?
                    carrieh90283772 Level 1

                    Another quick question if you don't mind - How do I hide the page number on just a select few pages? 

                     

                    For example on the copyright page I'd like it to be tabulated in the series numbers, but I want the number itself to be hidden on the page. 

                     

                    Thank you again for your help!

                    • 7. Re: Page Numbering a Document That Uses Multiple Masters?
                      rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      You can override the page number and delete it or apply the None master, which is what I'm doing on the absolute pages 1&2 in my example. You can also override the numbers on the master pages that are based on your folio master. So in my example I might want the numbers to be white on the b-master:

                       

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