I am creating a map book but do not want the page numbers for each map page to be on the same side (since its printed double sided), I need the page numbers to be placed on opposite sides.

I am using data driven pages.

How do I do this?

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    The page layout you are referring to is typically called 'facing pages' - that might help if you end up searching for additional information.
    – Chris W
    Apr 16, 2014 at 18:36

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I'm assuming the page numbers are pulled from the attribute table of the layer you are using to create the DDP and can therefore add a dynamic attribute.

DDP Attribute

If you have two text boxes one on each side for odd and even pages I think you should have two separate fields in the attribute table, one for odd the other even which would only display the text on the relevant pages as a blank field wouldn't display. Hopefully the image below makes that a bit clearer:

DDP page numbering

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    This is a good solution to maintain a single .mxd file. ESRI's solution is to use two separate documents.
    – Chris W
    Apr 16, 2014 at 18:34
  • How do you get to add ODd and Even pages? Apr 16, 2014 at 19:21
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    @user42720 It would require modification to the attribute table of your DDP index grid feature. You would need to add two fields, and then populate the values (in an edit session) as MAJ742 has shown in the images. If you have a lot of pages, s/he may have an established method adding the values to share, otherwise creative use of field calculator might save some time over manual editing.
    – Chris W
    Apr 16, 2014 at 23:40
  • I have 200 pages. any idea on how to automate it with the field calculator? Apr 17, 2014 at 16:17
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    @user42720 How to calculate the page field values (odd/even) is now answered at gis.stackexchange.com/questions/93618/…
    – PolyGeo
    Apr 20, 2014 at 23:45

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