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Page Numbering—
Background Info of Word Page Numbering
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Microsoft Word's page numbering scheme isn't directly obvious, but it isn't needlessly complex either. Indirect might be a good term for it. Once you understand how it works, all sorts of possibilities open up. So, for the moment, forget everything you've learned or thought you knew about page numbers. Let's start from some background info of this topic.

A new blank document consists of a single section. Each time you insert a Section Break into the document, the document gains a section.

In other words, if you create a new blank document, then choose Break on the Insert menu and select a Next Page Section Break, the document will thereafter consist of two sections: material from the start of the document up through and including the break represents

Section 1— Material after that represents
Section 2— (In some cases, Word inserts Section Breaks automatically, such as when you change the number of columns in part of a document).


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Section Property

Page numbers are a Section Property, not a document property. A page's number is determined by only two factors: the "Start at" value assigned to the document section and the location of the page within its document section.

Just because a page has a number does not mean the number will appear somewhere on the page. In fact, all pages have numbers. The number never appears unless you tell Word to display it.

To view each section's page setup, please click View from main menu in that specific section, and select Header and Footer. A Header and Footer tool bar will be popped up. On this tool bar, the 2 most important buttons are the
"Page Setup" button and the "Same as Previous" button. Any changes made to these 2 buttons will make the page numbering system completely different in
each section.
header and footer section

Any section can have up to three headers and footers: the first page header and footer, odd page headers and footers, and even page headers and footers. The actual number of headers and footers available in a given section is determined by the Different First Page checkbox and Different Odd and Even Pages checkbox in the section Page Setup dialog.

Start to Number Page 1 from the 9th Page
The following example was dedicated to the black and white cover books. If you would like to publish a color cover book, you do not need to upload the front cover page, the page inside of the front cover, the page inside of the back cover and the back cover page to our server. Yet, for the black and white cover book, you will need to upload all the pages to our server, including the 4 pages mentioned above.

In this example, the 1st page is the black and white cover book front cover page, the 2nd page is the page inside of the front cover, leave it blank. The 3rd and 4th pages are the optional blank pages after the cover; this means one blank sheet of paper will be inserted between the cover and the title page. The 5th page is the title page, usually includes the title, subtitle, and author, etc. The following page should be the copyright page with the word copyright, the symbol ©, the year, publisher and the ISBN number, etc. The 7th and 8th pages are the table of contents pages. You do not need to number the first 8 pages in this example. The book body actually begins from the 9th page. Here comes an interesting question: how to number Page 1 from the actual 9th page? Please follow the screenshots to number your pages.
numbering the page


Click ¶ on your Word tool bar, move your cursor to the end of 8th page (the last ¶ sign on 8th page). Click Insert from the main menu, choose Insert Break, Insert Section break types, Next page, and click OK. The whole file has then been separated into two sections, section 1, 1st-8th page; section 2, from 9th page to the end of the file.

page numbering section break types

Then, position your cursor anywhere in Section 2, click View from main menu, choose Header and Footer, uncheck Same as previous button for both header and footer. This means if you insert page numbers in Section 2, the pages numbers will not be inserted to Section 1. In other words, there won't be any page numbers shown on 1st through 8th page.
headers and footers

Keep your cursor in Section 2, click Insert from main menu, and choose Page Numbers as shown below. Select any Position and Alignment options you want, check Show number on the first page in this example.
page numbers

Click the Format button, choose the desired number format, and Page numbering Start at 1, click OK, OK. Actually, you can start at any number as you wish, just choose the number with which you want to start.
page number format

Page Numbering in Different Chapters
If you would like to number the pages continuously, yet do not want the page numbers to appear on the first page of each chapter; then, you need to separate the whole file into different sections corresponding with different chapters.

After you separate the chapters into sections, position your cursor to each chapter, click Insert Page Numbers, and uncheck Show number on first page. Click Format button, check Page Numbering Continue from previous section. Please refer to following screenshots.

page numbers page number format

If you want the first page of each chapter to start from the right hand side (the odd page numbers), do not forget to insert a blank page at the end of the previous chapter if the previous chapter ends at an odd page number. In our example, the 10th page is an inserted blank page to make sure Chapter 2 starts from odd number at the right hand side of the book.















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