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I created a master page with numbering in the corner like so:

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It's width was set to auto size so that larger page numbers (say 233), would still format correctly. And it worked when I typed large numbers in by hand:

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However, when I replaced it with the Type > Insert Special Characters > Marker > Current Page, this happened:

Master page:

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Pages with master page applied to them:

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These are the settings that show up when I hit cmd-B: enter image description hereenter image description here

Any help would really be appreciated. I'm in a bind.

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Autosize bases the new size on the text in the frame. But the placeholder character for a page number doesn't have a definitive size - it can be smaller or (much) wider on every single page. It's either intentionally made so (for reasons of software design), or a straight out bug (and I suspect the latter, because text variables suffer from similar problems). So don't attempt to use Autosize for this.

The easiest alternative way is to add a very thick Paragraph Rule below, with its width set to Text Width and a small negative offset to its left and right. Make sure the entire text frame is wide enough for the widest possible number.

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