We are creating spare part manuals in InDesign where some of the pages are for only a few different parts where we want to change their page numbers as for example from 7 to 6.1 (because page 7 is originally a slightly changed version of page 6) and then continue to count the main pages from where we left. This is not applied to all the pages but just to a subset of them. Is this possible and if yes how can we achieve it?

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    Are you asking about the logistics of how to accomplish this task in a specific program, or whether a reader will understand the numbering convention? Aug 25, 2016 at 9:50
  • I'm asking about how it can be done in Indesign CC 2015. I guess I should also add Indesign CC 2015 as the tag (if it exists).
    – Montag451
    Aug 25, 2016 at 9:52

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You would do this with section starts and prefixes.

Open the Pages palette and double-click on page 6 to make it active. Open up the flyout menu of the palette, and select Numbering and Section Options.

Leave the Start Section square checked. Click on the radio button which says Start Page Numbering at and put in 1. Yes, one.

Under Page Numbering, there is a Section Prefix line. Put in 6- or 6. or whatever you want it to be.

This makes all the subsequent pages 6-1, 6-2, etc. or 6.1, 6.2, etc. as you prefer.

When you come to the end of the 6- pages, you click on the next page, make that a section start, and under Start Page Numbering at, put in 7.

(As a separate tip, if you find difficulty in printing or exporting a PDF because of the section starts, count your physical pages and use a plus sign before the number to indicate an Absolute page number. In this example, +7 would give you the page named 6-2, not the page named 7, because that could be 10 pages farther along.)

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    Many thanks. It worked but instead of changing the start section on page 6 I've did it on page 7 because that page was my first subpage to be numbered as 6.1.
    – Montag451
    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:37
  • Btw double-clicking on a page in the Pages palette doesn't bring up the flyout menu on Windows version of Indesign CC 2015. You have to right-click on the page to bring out the flyout menu.
    – Montag451
    Aug 25, 2016 at 13:09
  • @Montag451 Double-clicking doesn't bring up the flyout menu on Mac either. I'll edit to clarify. :) Aug 25, 2016 at 13:11

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