Are you fond of creating ebooks on Canva? If you do, it pays to learn how to organize your content by the simple addition of page numbers.
But, is there a quick way of adding those nifty page numbers on your ebooks in Canva?
How to Add Page Numbers to your Canva Projects
There’s no automatic button for adding page numbers in Canva. But, you can press T on your keyboard to add a text box, type in the number, and position it on the document. Then, select the Duplicate page button to continue adding pages, making sure to edit the page numbers accordingly.
You can also add fancy-styled numbers by heading to the Elements tab and selecting the number style you want.
But, for a more professional finish to your page numbers, you can add a colored square behind the number to serve as a placeholder.
Just make sure to activate the Rulers option to ensure proper alignment of your page numbers across all the pages of your project.
Adding Page Numbers to your Canva Projects — Never Forget these Methods!
As said earlier, there’s no one-click button that will allow you to add page numbers to any of your projects in Canva.
With that said, you’ll need to manually add them to your designs. Though quite hassle, it gives you more flexibility on how you’ll style them.
So, let’s see the 3 methods by which you can add your page numbers on your Canva projects.
Hopefully, you’ll find one that suits the look of your project.
Method 1: Directly Adding Text Boxes on Pages
Step 1: Once you’re on the editor page of the project you’re working on, press T on your keyboard to add a text box.
You can add text boxes by clicking the Text tab on the left side panel and choosing from the various font combinations available.
Step 2: To edit the message inside the box, double-click on it to highlight the text.
Then, press “1” on your keyboard.
Step 3: Reposition the number to the area you want to place it by dragging it. You can do so by clicking the Move icon below the number and dragging it to a corner of the page.
Step 4: If you want to change how the font style looks, highlight the number again before you head to the editor toolbar.
From there, select the font style, font color, edit the font size, as well as place the text in bold format to make it appear better.
Step 5: Add more pages to your project. But, instead of selecting the Add page button, choose the Duplicate page icon instead.
In this way, you can keep adding pages without affecting the formatting.
Repeat adding pages until you have the number of pages you need.
Step 6: After adding the pages, edit the text boxes per page.
Simply double-click again on the corresponding text boxes and enter the page numbers accordingly.
Continue doing this step until you’ve successfully changed all the numbers on the pages.
But, if you don’t want the straightforward approach in adding page numbers, then use the fancier method below.
Method 2: Use of Fancy Number Elements as Page Numbers
Step 1: On the editor page, head to the left side panel and select the Elements tab.
Step 2: On the search bar found at the top of the Elements gallery, type in “numbers.”
This move will then show you fancy number options to choose from. Browse through the choices and click on one that you’d like to use.
Step 3: After clicking the number style you want, drag and position it on the area of the canvas where you want to place it.
Resize the number by dragging the white circles or pill handles surrounding it.
Step 4: Unlike the first method, you cannot simply click the Duplicate page button to keep any formatting.
You’ll have to click the Add page button and manually add the numbers from the Elements gallery page per page.
But, do note though that the number choices in the Elements gallery are limited. Sometimes, the range of numbers available per style isn’t complete.
Yet, this method of adding page numbers to your Canva projects will hold if you only have a few pages on your project (say, less than 10).
Method 3: Adding Shapes Behind Numbers as Placeholders
Step 1: On the editor page, head to the left side panel and click on the Elements tab.
Step 2: On the Elements gallery, head to the Lines & Shapes section.
Select a square by clicking and dragging it to the canvas you’re working on.
Step 3: Resize the square by clicking and dragging the white circles and pill handles surrounding the shape.
Step 4: Drag the newly-resized square to the corner of the page you want to place it in.
Step 5: Edit the color of the square. Click on it, then head to the editor toolbar and select the color picker tile.
From there, you can opt to use hues from the default colors category or add custom ones through the rainbow-colored + tile.
Step 6: Add text either by pressing the T button on your keyboard or clicking the Text tab on the left side panel.
Then, edit the text inside by double-clicking on the text box and replacing it with the number.
Choose the font style, size, and color accordingly.
Step 7: Click and drag the number to the corner where you placed the square and put it in front of the square.
You don’t need to group the text with the placeholder as you won’t be able to edit them later on.
Step 8: Add more pages while retaining the formatting by clicking the Duplicate button.
Keep selecting the Duplicate page icon until you reach the number of pages for your project.
Step 9: Then, edit the numbering per page by double-clicking on the respective text boxes.
And, just like that, you’re able to add page numbers to your projects in Canva.
Maintaining Alignment of Page Numbers in Canva — Whatever Method You Choose
If you accidentally changed the alignment of the page numbers, simply activate the rulers option (You can read more about it on How to Use Rulers in Canva text on this site).
Head to the File button and in the dropdown menu, select the Show rulers option.
From there, vertical and horizontal rulers will appear on the top and left sides of the canvas.
Simply set the alignment lines by dragging the vertical and/or horizontal rulers toward the part of the canvas where your page numbers are.
And, what’s cool about using the rulers feature in Canva is that the alignment is set and visible for all the pages on that particular project. You won’t need to set it for every page you add.
So, are you ready to add page numbers to your projects in Canva? Start applying these methods now!
Frequently Asked Questions about How to Add Page Numbers to your Canva Projects
Can you adjust the alignment of the rulers even after you set them on the first page of your Canva project?
As the rulers aren’t set in stone, you can adjust the placement of the horizontal and vertical rulers you added to your project. Whatever the placement is, you will see it across all the pages.
Is it possible to create double-digit page numbers using the fancy style method of adding page numbers?
Depending on what number style you choose, you can group individual numerals to form double (or even triple) digits. Simply drag the cursor over those numbers to pseudo-group them and press Ctrl + G simultaneously to place them in a single unit.
How do you remove the rulers from the editor page?
To remove the rulers you set on Canva, simply head to the File button on the menu bar and click the Show rulers option. After clicking it, both the vertical and horizontal rulers will disappear.
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