How to add page numbers in InDesign

Need to add page numbers to your InDesign project?

Numbering your InDesign document is useful for many reasons. Whether you are laying out a book design, creating an instruction manual, or just creating a multi-page brochure, numbering the corners of your pages can be helpful for yourself and the end user.

Here’s how to do it:

Add numbering:

  1. Open your InDesign project file
  2. In the Pages panel, double-click the master page that you want to add numbering to
  3. Using the Type Tool, create a text frame for your numbers and add it to the desired location on the master page (usually in the corner of the page)
  4. Position the insertion point where you want the page number to appear, and then choose Type > Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number

Change page numbering style:

  1. In the Pages panel, select the page where you want the new numbering style to begin
  2. Choose Layout > Numbering & Section Options
  3. Specify options, and then click the OK button