Add a Page Jump Number to an InDesign CS5 Story - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

For stories that thread (flow) from one page to another in an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication, add a page jump number to indicate where the story continues. Before you start, make sure that a story threads between text frames on two different pages.

1Create a new text frame on the page on which the story begins, and type Continued on page.

This text will tell the reader where to jump in the publication in order to read the rest of the story.

2Use the Selection tool to select the text frame you just created.

Handles appear on the text frame’s bounding box.

3Move the text frame so that it slightly overlaps the text frame containing the story.

Overlap the two text frames (and keep them overlapped), so that InDesign knows to associate these text frames (the continued-notice text frame and the story text frame) with each other.

You can group these two text frames (they move together). Choose Object→Group with both text frames selected. (Shift-click with the Selection tool to select both text frames.)

4Double-click the new text frame, which contains the text Continued on page, to place the insertion point at the spot where you want the page number to be inserted.

The page number is inserted at the insertion point, so make sure that a space appears after the preceding character.

5Choose Type→Insert Special Character→Markers→Next Page Number.

A number is added into the text frame. The number is sensitive to the location of the next threaded text frame, so if you move the second text frame, the page number updates automatically.

You can repeat these steps at the spot where the story is continued, to insert the page the story originates from — just choose Type→Insert Special Character→Markers→Previous Page Number instead.