How to Insert Page Numbers on Master Pages in PageMaker

Adobe distributed PageMaker 7, the final version of its storied desktop publishing software, in 2001, and encouraged users to migrate to its new publishing software—InDesign—shortly thereafter. If you are using PageMaker 7, you can automatically number a document's pages in the style you designate using the master pages feature of your document.

Here's How:

  1. Open a document in PageMaker 7.
  2. Click on the Text function tool in the toolbox. It resembles a capital T.
  1. Click on the L/R function located under the ruler in the bottom left corner of the screen to open the master pages.
  2. Using the Text tool, draw a text block on one of the master pages near the area where you want the page numbers to appear.
  3. Type Ctrl + Alt + P (Windows) or Command + Option + P (Mac).
  4. Click on the opposite master page where you want the page number to appear. 
  5. Draw a text box and type Ctrl + Alt + P (Windows) or Command + Option + P (Mac).
  6. A page number marker appears on each master page—LM on the left master, RM on the right master.
  7. Format the paragraph and page number marker as you want it to appear throughout the document including adding additional text before or after the page number marker.
  8. Click on the page number next to the L/R function to display the page numbers. When you add additional pages to the document, the pages are numbered automatically.


  1. Elements on the master page are visible but not editable on all foreground pages. You'll see actual page numbers on the foreground pages.
  1. To omit a page number on some pages, turn off the display of master page items for that page or cover the number with a white box or create another master page set for pages without page numbers.


If you are having trouble with your PageMaker 7 software, check its compatibility with your computer.

Pagemaker doesn't run at all on Intel-based Macs. It runs only in OS 9 or earlier. The Windows version of Pagemaker supports Windows XP, but it does not run on Windows Vista or later.