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Page number example

Note: this InDesign Tutorial is done using InDesign CS6 but it will work with earlier (CS4, CS5, CS5.5) and later versions (CS7) just the same.  

Adding page numbers to your ‘master page’ is a good idea. It means you only have to add it once to your document and it will be placed on all pages. Think of master pages as the ‘header & footer’ function in Microsoft Word. 

We’ll add page numbers without the use of an master page here. If you’d like to learn more about them check out our InDesign master page tutorial here+.   

Automatic page numbers

1. Choose your Type Tool Type tool and drag out a type box large enough for your page numbering.

InDesign type box

With your cursor flashing inside the type box choose Type > Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number

InDesign Special Character

The number of your current page will appear.

Automatic Page Numbering


Note: You’ll now have to copy and paste this box onto every page you want the page number to appear (unless you’re using a master page).

Note: If you’re using master pages an ‘A’ will appear. This is normal and indicates the current page number (in this case the A Master page (see bottom left of your page). If you now double click on page 1 or 2 in your Pages Panel you will see the correct page number listed.

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