8 Replies Latest reply on Apr 24, 2012 1:02 PM by Mysticpam

    How to skip page numbers?

    MdesignAZ Level 1

      I would like to have a document numbered thusly:

       

      1-33...

      34

      35

      36

      37

      [no page number]

      38

      39

      40

      and so on 'til end...

       

      Client wants it > not sure why, but he really wants it.

       

      Thanks in advance for any info.

      (Yes, I did search for this, did not find much)

       

      InDesign 5.5

      Mac OSX 10.6.7

      Dog lying under desk typing this with Bluetooth keyboard

        • 1. Re: How to skip page numbers?
          John Hawkinson Level 5

          It's easy enough to number the 39th page (and following) as p.38 -- just go to the Pages Panel, select that page and choose Numbering and Section Options, and declare that this section begins as p.38.

           

          I don't think InDesign has a nice way to to handle your 38th page though. There's no page number style that means "no page number" or "blank page number." So I'm afraid you'll have to manually edit the page number mark on p.38 and remove it the page number marker. This is probably not a big deal for you, but it is sort of ugly in a philosophical way. We can't have everything though...

           

          Certainly good enough, I'd think, though? Ask the dog...

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          • 2. Re: How to skip page numbers?
            MdesignAZ Level 1

            "... just go to the Pages Panel, select that page and choose Numbering and Section Options, and declare that this section begins as p.38."

             

            Yeah, that didn't really work - I have this set up as a book, with each section being a file in the book.

            hmmmm.... I think I will take another run at talking the client out of it, it's not really logical.

            • 3. Re: How to skip page numbers?
              John Hawkinson Level 5

              I'm sorry, I don't see why a book prevents you from doing this.

              Explain?

              You will have some duplicate page numbers (two of p.38). That's OK.

              • 4. Re: How to skip page numbers?
                Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                It's actually better to not have duplicate page numbers, so I would suggest starting a new section for just the one page without a number, as well. It doesn't really matter what number you choose to start, just pick a numbering style that isn't in use elsewhere (A, B, C... I< II< III...) and ID will not get confused about duplicates.

                 

                The main problem I see here is that editing could change the page count and require you to manually adjust the numbering from time to time.

                • 5. Re: How to skip page numbers?
                  [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

                  P Spier wrote:

                   

                  ... The main problem I see here is that editing could change the page count ...

                   

                  What about what's going to happen when you try to print this document -- two sided?

                  • 6. Re: How to skip page numbers?
                    Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                    [Jongware] wrote:

                     

                    P Spier wrote:

                     

                    ... The main problem I see here is that editing could change the page count ...

                     

                    What about what's going to happen when you try to print this document -- two sided?

                    From page 38 onward page numbers will be on the wrong side and things will be pretty ugly, I guess. No indication that this is actually going to be printed two-sided, though, in the original post.

                    • 7. Re: How to skip page numbers?
                      Prometheus_Unbound

                      This page had a nice summary of how to do this: http://www.ehow.com/way_5818032_do-numbering-pages-adobe-indesign_.html

                      I had to add a ballot for our user group to the middle of our booklet. It was requested that the ballot (the middle four pages of the

                      booklet) not be numbered. I created new master page with no numbering. Pages 1-14 were the first section. Then I had to

                      right-click on each of 15-18 and change their master page. I started a new section on page 15, starting numbering with page 1,

                      but naming pages A,B,C,D. Then I went to page 19 and started a new section starting numbering with 15. It all worked out fine.

                      I hope someone finds this useful.

                      • 8. Re: How to skip page numbers?
                        Mysticpam

                        The reason why it would be problematic in the book file is as noted above, adding or deleting pages would reflow the book and the forced page numbers would have to be manually corrected.

                        The ABCD numbering on a new master page works but there is no jump code to restart from the previous section.

                        Someone who is good with scripting want to create such a treat? Is it possible to build an addon that would give us a "blank page number" or "jump from section" type thing?

                        I am too right brained to code, alas