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Library: Creative Design


Use InDesign's Book command to paginate book sections correctly

Added on Monday 4th of May 2009 09:23 am EST

Application > Adobe InDesign CS/CS2
Operating Systems > Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

Whenever you create a new document, InDesign numbers its pages consecutively, starting with page 1. To number a multi-document publication consecutively when it isn't managed as a book, you can manually change the starting page number for all but the first document. But if you add or subtract pages or change the numbering options for a section in a document, you have to manually update the starting page number for all subsequent documents in your publication. This potentially could be a problem if you misnumber it. However, by using the Book command, you can easily, and more accurately, paginate a publication, as shown in Figure A, when you manage it in a book file. Let's now see how to do so.

Use two booked publications
For our example, you'll need two publications. To follow along using our example, download and unzip the file from the URL given at the beginning of this article. Let's create a new section in the first document for a table of contents. To do so, we'll edit the page numbering and section options in our document.

Automatic Page Numbering
By default, the Automatic Page Numbering option paginates individual documents automatically. Then, when you add your documents to the Book palette, InDesign automatically repaginates them accordingly. That is, the page numbers in each document renumber consecutively, as shown in Figure B.

Start the process
To begin the process of paginating your books:
1. Launch InDesign and open the two eight-page InDesign documents, cookbook1.indd and cookbook2 .indd. The pages in both are ...