Story Jumps in InDesign

Story jumps allow you to tell the reader on what page in a document a story continues, as well as which page it came from. As the page number itself is an automated feature, you can change your mind during production and move the continuation to another page – and the story jump keeps track of it for you and the subsequent readers. They’re great!

Let’s say you’re working on a newsletter, and the story on page 1 needs to continue on page 6. So you want to add a note to that effect on page 1, and another note telling pg 6 readers where the first part of the story can be found.

1) Create a small text frame containing the words ‘Continues on pg ‘.

2) With the cursor flashing away on the blank spot at the end of the text choose ‘type > insert special character > markers > next page number’.

3) Right now the current page number will appear in the frame. Drag it so it very slight overlaps the main story frame. It will update to show you the page on which that story continues.

Position the story jump frame so it slightly overlaps the main frame.

I normally put this text object at the foot of the story, so it’s the last thing the reader sees. It’s a good idea to change the text to italic, or give it some other treatment which visually holds it slightly apart from the main copy. If you put an extra return in front of the ‘Continues on…’ frame, you then have a full line space above it for the overlap. For the same reason, add an extra return below the ‘Continued from…’ text on the continuation page.

4) On the continuation page, make another small text frame containing the words ‘Continued from pg ‘.

5) This time, choose ‘type > insert special character > markers > next page number’.

6) Again, if you create a slight overlap with the main story, the number will change to indicate which page the story is continuing from. This object usually goes right at the top of the main frame rather than at the end.

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Adding a story jump to the continuation tells readers what page it came from

The overlap is the crucial feature. Well, almost. In fact, so long as the two objects are positioned right against each other, everything should work.

As well as being a handy way of keeping track of continuations, if you need to move one of the story chunks during production, just make sure the story jump goes with it. It will automatically update to the new page information.

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