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In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to add and remove page numbers in InDesign.

First, for ease of following along with the video above, you can make sure that your layout looks close to mine by being in typography mode. You can change workspace modes from the drop down menu in the upper right and put a check next to Typography.

I also have my Pages panel open, which I can access from the Windows menu. From the Windows menu (in InDesign, not the PC operating system) make sure that Page has a checkmark next to it.

So I am going to start out on a master layout. I am using one of my notebook templates from my shop in the video.

To add page numbers in InDesign:

  1. On a master page, use the Type tool and draw out a text box where you would like your page numbers.
  2. Apply any justification or formatting (e.g. fonts, size, etc.)
  3. From the Type menu (across the top of the software) scroll down to Insert Special Characters
  4. Hover on Insert Special Characters and navigate to Markers
  5. From Markers, select Current Page Number

Now when you add pages to your document using that Master layout, it will insert the current page number of the document into that placeholder.

If you are using more than one Master layout in your document, add a placeholder as described in the steps above for each master layout. When you build your manuscript, it will insert the current page number no matter what Master layout you have applied.

To remove page numbers in InDesign:

  1. Using the selection tool, find the placeholders on your master pages. They will usually be labelled similar to your master. In my example, the B master layout has the letter B in the placeholder text boxes.
  2. Click on the dotted outline of the text box to select it.
  3. Press the delete key on your keyboard.
  4. Repeat on any other master pages that you do not want page number on.