Easier way to restart endnote numbering
Thanks for the new endnotes feature. Arrived just in time, as i had to do a book with two extensive sets of notes and was dreading the thought of having to do one set manually.
But having to break the chapters into stories in order to restart numbering on the notes was rather a nuisance. I don't like having to break a book text into stories (creates too many opportunities for things to go wrong). How about creating a function that allows a number restart after a paragraph style? I would think that most users would want to restart each chapter, and most would have a chapter title style that would provide a convenient trigger for restarting the endnotes.
I agree, there are so many ways Adobe could fix this but the best would be to allow numbering to restart based on paragraph styles.
FWIW, there's a commercial script called Break Text Thread from ID Extras (https://www.id-extras.com/break-text-thread/) which is free if you give them your email. InDesign only lets you restart numbering by page or by story, so this script lets you split stories based on paragraph styles. Best approach I can figure out.
Also note that if you're working on footnotes, the same company has a paid script called Section Stuff that allows you to restart sections based on paragraph styles, good for automating footnotes numbering (since they can be restarted with each section).
Agreed. Kind of staggering that this problem would exist.
I've been experimenting with this script: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1344908. Unlike the story splitter script that comes with ID, it breaks the story only at the one place you designate. ID can be set to number endnotes by story, so when you create new stories within your doc each will have its number begin from "1".
The obvious problem here is that the stories are no longer threaded, So if you gain or lose a page you need to make further manual adjustments, which may involve deleting pages or adding pages and rethreading. It's silly that Adobe makes its users go through this effort.
So I suggest getting the document done and only then breaking it into stories to resequence the endnotes. That is not good practice either, but in the end is probably easier in terms of layout, as long as you can deal with endnote numbers that will run well into the 100s.
Has anyone had any luck sorting this issue? It wastes so much time having to renumber manually.
Totally echo this sentiment. I've just discovered, belatedly, that I can't easily restart the endnote numbering with each chapter, as is possible with footnotes.
The book is 400+ pages, so splitting it at this will be laborious and might introduce all sorts of problems.
I realise I should possibly have foreseen the problem, but I simply expected there to be an easy way to restart the numbering...
This endnote feature has taken years for Adobe to introduce, and this is the second time I've used it where it's caused me more work than it's saved. I certainly won't use it again until it's far more user-friendly.
Why introduce a feature after so long, without thinking it through properly? It's annoying, to say the least.
I agree, this needs to be fixed. If Word can have a feature to restart with each section, then certainly Adobe can add this crucial feature to InDesign.
Josh Hunt commented
I agree; need this feature added.
Steve Williamson commented
I agree - splitting the book into chapters/stories to make the endnote numbering restart for each chapter is a step backwards. Has there been any developments on this?
Georg Stadler commented
I second that. It would be much easier this Way.
Furthermore: If a document has endnotes and I'm trying to split it afterwards Endnote references will get lost.
@Valerie, how did you manage to split the file without loosing the Endnotes?