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Chapter 14. Master Pages > To number pages automatically:

To number pages automatically:

1.
Double-click the Master A icon on the Document Layout palette . The words “A-Master A” will appear in the lower left corner of the document window.

2.
Choose the Rectangle text box tool.

3.
Drag to create a small text box where you want the page number to appear (typically, it's placed at the bottom of the page).

4.
With the new box and the Content tool selected, press Cmd-3/Ctrl-3 (the Current Page Number command) . It will look like this: <#>. Be sure to enter the command on both the left and right master pages for a facing-pages document (see , next page). Optional: Type a prefix, such as “Page,” before the command.

5.
Highlight the Current Page Number command, then style it like a regular character (choose a font, point size, etc.). You can also place a header, picture box, vertical rule, or any other item on a master page (we'll discuss this further on page 230.)

6.
To display a document page when you're finished editing the master, double-click a document page icon on the Document Layout palette or press Shift-F10/Shift-F4 .

Align the numbers

To make sure the two boxes that hold the Current Page Number command align vertically on the left and right master pages in a facing-pages document, use Item > Step and Repeat (e.g., Horizontal Offset 10p, Vertical Offset 0) to duplicate the box, then Shift-drag the duplicate to the right page . Remember to choose right paragraph alignment (click the Right Alignment icon on the Measurements palette) for the command on the right facing page.

Figure 1. In a facing-pages document, you must enter the Current Page Number command on both the left and right facing master pages.


If you use Duplicate command to copy the box instead, the next step would be to select both boxes and use Item > Space/Align (Vertical, Space: 0, Between: Top Edges) to align their top edges. Another way to align the boxes vertically is to enter matching numbers in the Y field on the Measurements palette for both boxes (copy the value in the Y field for the first box, click the second box, then paste into the Y field for the second box).



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