Pages can do a wide variety of page number styles, changing the type and restarting the numbering from the beginning of any Section or start from any number.
You can break up a Book up into separate documents and use the page numbering to continue on from the previous chapters, to assemble later on completion in a pdf, or in another Pages document to hold it all.
In a Word Processing* mode template either ready made or blank to create your own.
To handle the styles, starting point etc it is much like with Word Processing mode except, because every page is a section, you can click in any page to change the styles, positions text etc. Changes wil start or stop at any page that you choose to change the settings.
Page x of y
To lead the page number with specific text:
1. Type in the Header or Footer eg Page 3 of 8 or Chapter One: My life Begins 3 of 8
2. Insert the cursor where you want the present page number: Menu > Insert > Page Number
3. Insert the cursor where you want the total page number: Menu > Insert > Page Count
Changing an existing page numbering style
Locate a page number in the text of the section you want to change:
Double click on it
[i]select the number > right mouse click on it[i]
and choose from the Contextual Menu Options
Auto Page Numbering and Page Numbering
These are much the same, except Auto Page Numbering is only available for Headers and Footers and allows you much greater choices over placement and alignment and mirroring for facing pages.
* Word processing mode documents have a default text layer between the document margins which automatically flow from page to page adding pages automatically as text overflows previous pages. The flow can be broken into distinct parts by inserting Section Breaks.
** Layout mode documents have no default text layer. They consist solely of any objects that you add to the page. Text is added into floating Text Boxes or into Headers or Footers. Each page acts like a Section on its own.
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