How to add automatic “jump” lines
Newspapers, newsletters, and magazines often include stories that “jump” from one page to another page later in the publication. Ideally, at the bottom of the first page of the article, you’ll include “continued on page XX”, and at the top of the article on the subsequent page you’ll include “continue from page XX”. Here is an easy, semi-automatic way to do this.
1. At the bottom of the first page of the article, draw a text frame to hold the “continued on” text. Add a text wrap to the frame.
2. In the frame you just drew, type “continued on page “, and then right-click and choose Insert Special Character > Markers > Next Page Number. This will automatically insert the page number for the next page in the story.
3. Turn to the page where the article continues, draw a frame at the top of the text frame where the story continues. Add a text wrap to the frame.
4. In this frame, type “continued from page “, and then right-click and choose Insert Special Character > Markers > Previous Page Number. This will automatically insert the page number for the page that the story continues from.
Because you used “Markers” to insert the page numbers, these numbers are now “live”, which means that if the page number the article is on changes, the “continued” text will update to reflect this.
Note, the text frame that contains the continued on/from text must touch the actual story that it is referencing for the page number to display correctly. This is why I overlap the frames and use text wrap.
Lining up the frames is made easier and more accurate if you use a baseline grid for your layout.
This is a fair amount of work to set up. But when you are done, create a “Snippet” of your continued on/from frames, or add them to an InDesign Library. This way, you can just import the snippet or add the item from your InDesign Library to create new jump lines with very little effort.