Insert page numbers in .pdf document

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  1. hobbes3113 macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2002
    Does anyone know how to insert page numbers into a .pdf document? I have searched through Acrobat and Preview to no avail. I need the numbers to appear on the printed page. Is there another program that I should try.


  2. hoosker macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2003
    Only way I know.. do this is place the pdf file into InDesign, Freehand, or Illustrator first. Add the page numbers (InDesign makes this easier if there are allot of pages) then export back as PDF. Not elegant but it works.

    I think I figured a way to do this with Acrobat but it was not as clean a way and I can't remember now how I did it. I think Acrobat called the page numbers I added some kind of note.

    If someone has a better way I would be interested too.
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Low-tech solution:

    Make a blank MS Word document with the right number of pages. Add page numbers. Print this out. Then reload the paper and print the PDF.
  4. live4ever macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2003
  5. hobbes3113 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2002
    I have tried using the full version of Acrobat (v5). The only thing that I have been able to do is to number the thumbnails. I need the numbers to show up on the document when printed, and I haven't been able to find a way to do this using Acrobat.

    Thanks for the info on PDFpen. I am looking into the program to see if it will be able to do this easliy. I know that it is possible to manually place the numbers on the pages using Acrobat, Illustrator, and possibly PDFpen, but this is going to be a published document, so I would like the numbers to be in the same place. This would all but eliminate manual insertion and the "low tech" solution offered by wordmunger (it is a digital submission).

    Thanks for all the suggestions, any others would be appreciated.


    edit: It looks like PDFpen has done the trick. Thanks for everyone's help.
  6. live4ever macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2003
    Acrobat should be able to do it. Go to Document>Add Headers & Footers there should be a page #ing option there, see attached.

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  7. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Is tha Acrobat 5 or a more recent version?
  8. live4ever macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2003
    It's 6, but I'm surprised v5 wouldn't have this ability.
  9. Sparky's macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    Just a silly question, but did you originally create the PDF? and if so what app did you use? Can you go back and add page numbers to the original and create the PDF over?

    If not then Acrobat 6 can add page numbers, 5 cannot. There was a huge difference from 5 to 6. I use both at work and home and the only other thought would be to create a PDF with the page numbers you need then open both PDFs and using the "object" tool copy paste the items from one PDF to another, you can call up a grid in Acrobat 5 with the "cmnd+u" keys so you can get somewhat of a consistant position.
  10. hobbes3113 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2002

    The pdfs were created using two different programs (Word and Illustrator) and then combined in Acrobat 5. I could very well have added page numbers in Word and then tried to add more in Illustrator, but I wanted some form of continuity. (Actually this would have been my last gasp effort.) I guess I need to petition a little harder for an uprade to Acrobat 6.

  11. Petter.Davis macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    For Adobe Acrobat CS5 you could just click Tools > Pages > Header & Footer > Add Header & Footer.
  12. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Acrobat X Pro: Go to Tools>Pages>Bates Numbering.
  13. cwlindner macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2010
    An easy way to add pate numbers using PAGES

    If you have Pages, here is a workaround that takes a little time, but works perfectly:
    Set up a document with same page size. Ideally use the Page Layout Mode.
    Add as many blank pages as the pdf doc has.
    Drag each individual page from Preview into the Pages doc.
    In Pages, click on the pdf page, then under Metrics (ruler symbol), click on "Original Size" and set Position of both X and Y to "0"
    Now add a text box at the bottom of the first page with all the footer info you want, including page number. Make sure you choose Insert/Page Number. Don't just type the number!
    Now copy that text box to all the other pages.
    Export as pdf.

    The amazing thing: even hyperlinks in the original pdf pages will work.

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