Number of pages in MS Word Footers

Microsoft Word 2007
April 22, 2010 at 08:51:50
Specs: Windows Vista, lots
I like to set up footers with page numbering in this format : Page # of ## but can't work out how to get the number of pages to start counting from my first 'real' page, that is the third page in the word document, after the front page and contents. OK with starting page number from 1 at document page 3, but other than having the number of pages as text rather than a field (a nuisance as you're bound to forget to update it) I can't find a way round this.

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April 22, 2010 at 09:53:26
Consider splitting your document in Sections by using Insert...Break...Choose Section type.

You should then be able to number the pages of each Section individually - or not at all.

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April 22, 2010 at 10:18:12

Look at response number 6 in this post.

It gives step by step instructions for splitting your document into two sections which can be numbered separately.

The 'break' can be made after page 2. The instructions refer to the body of the document, which in your case starts at page 3.

It will be numbered as Page 1.

The instructions also include how to get the right number of total pages - which now applies to the body of the document rather than the whole document.

The first or introductory pages can be left with no page numbering or you can use Roman numerals.


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April 22, 2010 at 11:48:39

Thanks for the detailed reply. I'm not quite getting it right on the number of pages though. I've followed your instructions to the letter twice and can only get to page # of 1, no matter how many pages in body of my document. Is there something I'm missing? Thanks again for your help.

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April 22, 2010 at 11:50:24
Thanks for your suggestion too, Derby. Sections are the way to go, but I'm still not quite there yet. Will keep posting until I find a fix, and Humar's posts are fab.

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April 22, 2010 at 13:41:17

If you are getting Page 20 of 1, it is possible that the bookmark got created in the wrong place.

What is the last page number in the whole document?

Go to this last page and make sure your cursor is actually in the page. Delete and re-type the last period at the end of the last sentence, just to be sure.
From the Ribbon select 'Insert' and 'Bookmark' from the 'Links' section
In the dialog box that opens enter this name: "LastPage" (don't include the quotes)
Click 'Add'

Now go to the footer on the last page.
In the footer from the Ribbon select Cross-reference from the Links section

When the dialog box opens select 'Bookmark' in the 'Reference Type:' drop-down.

Can you see the name of the bookmark (LastPage), that you just created ?

If so then select 'Page number' from the other drop-down (Insert reference to:)

Now click on the name 'LastPage'
and finally click Insert, then Close

If your last page was 20 then:
What do you see in the footer.
Page 20 of 20 or something else.


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April 23, 2010 at 01:53:40

Fantastic! It works and I've also checked that it updates when I add or delete more pages. Means I can use this as a template for all my reports now.

I bow to your superlative MS Word talent. Many, many thanks!

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April 23, 2010 at 04:48:33

So glad to hear it works.

Thanks also for the kind words, but I should point out that I was not the originator of the bookmark method. I first came across it several years ago, although I can't remember where I found it.



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