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Editing Sections

When you create a section, InDesign places a black triangle above the page icon in the Pages palette. To change the section’s settings, double-click the section triangle icon. If you need to delete a section, open the Numbering & Section Options dialog box for the first page of that section and turn off the Start Section option.

By the way, here’s two tips if you’re using many sections within a document. First, when you’re specifying page numbers in the Print dialog box (or any other place you type a page number), InDesign expects you to type the page number just the way it appears on the page. If you want to type an absolute page number—based upon the page’s position from the start of the document, like “the fifth page”—then type a plus sign before the number.

Also, you can have InDesign display the absolute page numbers rather than the section numbering by changing this option in the General Preferences dialog box. Absolute numbering displays all page numbers based on their position in the document, not the section number assigned to them. This affects only the displayed number for navigational purposes within InDesign, not the page numbers that print.

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