Got a solution; somewhat automatic, but not very elegant :o
In the end, you will get something like this (screenshot below):
(Download this InDesign file from Google Drive)
The summary, without the images:
- Make text box for the numbers. Format it. Use character style on it (if you want). Don't make it too small.
- Add a SPACE in the text box. Yeap, just space. (Because We need
an invisible character there.)
- Choose MENU Type> Bulleted & Numbered Lists> Define Lists.
- Make a new list. Check all checkboxes if you want continuous
numbering throughout. OK!
- Go back into the text box you created.
- Click on Bullets & Numbering. Choose List type: Numbers; List
"WowList" (the name of the list you created earlier); Number: (^#)
... Mode: "Continue from Previous Number"... etc..etc...!
- Clik OK!
- COPY that freakin' text box!
- Hit Ctrl + F -- Find/Change dialog box appears.
- Find what: ^p (paragraph); Change to: ^C^p (Clipboard
- Click on Change all button!
- Cup of tea with honey*. Oh, yeah. (*I prefer it over coffee)
The tedious instructions, with bad screenshots: (the numbering doesn't correspond with the summary, btw.)
1) Make a text box at the side. Empty, but only add SPACE. This will be where your number will appear.
Maybe you should apply a character style here already so you can easily change the character formats later... color, type, whatever...
Also, don't make the text box so small that you can't easily select them if you need to.
2) Go to Type > Bulleted & Numbered Lists > Define Lists
3) Make a new list there. Name it whatever you want, but make sure it's an awesome one like mine here. Wow. Click OK.
4) Go back to the textbox. Click inside it. Then look for Bullets & Numbering. Click it! :')
5) Change stuff in that beautiful dialog box! Choose the numbered list you created before... then, here, I chose a number format with leading zero, removed the "dot,tab" (.^t) characters,... change them to your liking...
For the number, I added a space before the parenthesis (^#). You'll see why. :')
Just make sure that Mode is set at "Continue from Previous Number" so that it automatically, you know, numbers itself in a series :')
You may turn on Preview so you can see what's happening.
7) Click OK! Okay?
8) Remember, you need at least one character in that checkbox for the number to appear. That's why we added space. It's invisible. If you delete that, nothing will appear, not even your hard-earned magic number.
9) COPY THAT TEXT BOX! >:'o You need that textbox in the clipboard so you can paste it on every end of paragraph later using the Find/Change function! Yay!
10) Now, hit Ctrl + F. That's the Find/Change dialog box. Wow.
11) In "Find What", choose "End of Paragraph" (that's the "^p" symbol, without quotations.) In "Change to", choose "Other > Clipboard Contents..." and "End of Paragraph" (symbols ^C^p) (just see screenshots below :')
Why insert the "Clipboard contents" before "Paragraph"? Because the reverse would make that content be inserted after the paragraph :') ... which means BELOW the paragraph. It would appear in a new line. Try it if you don't believe me :'o
12) Hit OK, baby!
Viola! Your b!@tches are numbered. If you delete one, they'll just renumber themselves. They're nice that way.
Now, just adjust things that you need to adjust... If something's wrong in your first try, I'm sure you can do it immediately in the second :')
Best wishes, babeh! :')
I hope I was in time to help :o
(P.S. I tinted the images so they would stand out from the white background).
(Credits to this other tutorial for making this possible for me and you =') --> Making Numbered Tickets by the great David Blatner )