Tip o’ the Day: Renumbering Extracted Pages

Here’s the transcript:

Today’s tip looks at a real-life page numbering situation I had to handle this week.

I’m doing editorial work on a 700 page-plus textbook. To break the work down into convenient units, I extracted one chapter at a time from the main PDF. Here’s my new 38 page extracted document. Notice the pages are numbered from 1 to 38.

The problem lies in the page numbers. I need page layout references to correlate with content I’m developing on a spreadsheet. I can add and subtract mindlessly all day, or just reset the page numbers. Can you guess which option I chose?

Follow these steps to configure the numbers:

  1. Right-click the first thumbnail and choose Page Labels. In the Page Numbering dialog, click the All radio button.
  2. In the Numbering section, type the first page number for the chapter or section, in this case, 686.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Now the pages in my extracted chapter match those in the original document and I can carry on.


2 Comments on "Tip o’ the Day: Renumbering Extracted Pages"

  1. Melvin lowell | June 30, 2016 at 6:12 am | Reply

    Ok i am going to give this a shot. If I run into any issues I will be getting ahold of you to help me. Thank you

    • donna.baker@bakermedia.co | July 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm | Reply

      Hi Melvin –

      Good luck! It’s not that tricky, once you’ve done it a couple of times.


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