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I need to create a document with numbered headings and numbered tables.

The tables in the 1st chapter should be numbered as 1-1, 1-2, etc. The tables in the 2nd chapter should be numbered as 2-1, 2-2, etc. And so on.

To create numbered headings, I have created a "Heading 1" paragraph style and adjusted its numbering as follows:

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Then, following an article by David Blatner, I have created another paragraph style and adjusted its numbering as follows:

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However, it doesn't really work as I want it.

See the screenshot below. The last three tables should be numbered as 2-1, 2-2, and 2-3; not 1-4, 1-5, and 1-6.

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What I'm doing wrong? How to make them to be numbered correctly?

https://creativepro.com/figure-numbering-in-indesign-and-cross-references-to-them/

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  • Wild guess: try and open the numbering settings for the 1-4 one, and set the mode to restart, as opposed to 'continue from previous'?
    – Vincent
    Jan 18 at 11:20
  • No, this works differently.
    – user90726
    Jan 18 at 13:52
  • Ok, pity. Was worth a try :)
    – Vincent
    Jan 18 at 17:24

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Finally, it seems I found a solution.

It was originally posted by Barb Binder on Adobe forums.

Given that there are two levels of headings, the paragraph style used for table captions should be adjusted as follows:

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And here is how my heading styles are adjusted, just in case.

Level-1 heading:

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Level-2 heading:

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Result:

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update

If you have both figures and tables, they will use the same sequence! That is, if you have a table and then a figure, your table will be numbered as 1-1 and figure as 1-2. This is wrong, of course.

To workaround this, just increment values in Level and Number fields:

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  • That’s clever! I never thought of using the Restart Numbers option for a level not immediately above the current level. Jan 18 at 21:46
  • Wow, very nice! You will get an upvote. I learned something from this. 😀
    – Wolff
    Jan 18 at 21:52

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