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    bprobst
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    Page numbering restarts

    Using Word 2000, SR-1, on Windows 98 SE.

    I have a document with several different sections -- basically several chapters, with subsections etc. Over the course of the document the pages frequently vary between one and two columns, so the total number of different sections in the document is relatively large (compared to the page count). No frames or pictures though.

    For no reason that I can discern, the page number formatting changes (resetting to "start at page 1") at seeminly-random points. I have *manually* been to each section and set the page number format to the correct value, but the resetting still happens. It's driving me crazy -- is the page number format kept somewhere hidden that I can't access? Why does it work fine on some pages and not at all on others?

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    nehmar
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    Re: Page numbering restarts

    Have you made sure that the Same as Previous isn't turned on in the footer of the sections that you don't want to restart the page numbering? If it is on, then it is looking at the footer in the previous section and if that one restarted at 1 then the rest will as well.

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    Re: Page numbering restarts

    Hi:
    If nehmar's tip doesn't work (& it likely will), check the following:

    First, there was an SR-1 patch, followed by SR1-a. Make sure you have the second patch.

    Secondly, the format for page numbering can be accessed either thru a button on the header/footer toolbar (3rd icon from the left, unless you've modified it) or thru Insert/Page Numbers.../Format button.

    Third, the section breaks may sometimes become corrupt. You can switch to normal view, click the browse button on the vertical scrollbar (middle button) & choose to scroll by section. Then start at the beginning & scroll 1 section at a time to see that they are what you think they are.

    In Print Layout view, you can also go to page setup/layout tab & change individual sections to the correct type.

    Hope this helps.

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    bprobst
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    Re: Page numbering restarts

    OK -- are you saying that the "same as previous" in the *footer* will override the page number format setting? Didn't think of that, I'll check it out!

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    nehmar
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    Re: Page numbering restarts

    Basically if "Same as Previous" is turned on in the footer then it looks to the previous section for what should be in it. If the previous section is also "Same as Previous" then it goes back to the previous one and so on. If you make a change to any of the footers either the one they all go back to or any of the ones marked same as previous, then it changes it in all that are shall we say linked. That could be why it is restarting to page one in each section. They are marked same as previous and the first one that they all refer back to is starting at one.

    (Just in case you don't know, you can turn off same as previous on a per section basis, you will have to do odd and even pages if you have set it up to have different odd and even pages, by clicking on the same as previous button located on the Header and Footer toolbar that appears when you are viewing the Headers and Footers.)

    Hope this all helps!

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    Re: Page numbering restarts

    As well as the information already provided, here is a macro which resets all sections to continue the numbering.

    <pre>Sub PageNumContinue()
    'Continues the page numbering across all section breaks
    Dim iSection As Variant
    For Each iSection In ActiveDocument.Sections
    iSection.Headers(1).PageNumbers.RestartNumberingAt Section = False
    Next
    End Sub</pre>

    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Page numbering restarts

    I disagree! The header/footer setting to same as previous is independent of the page number formatting (restart). Both are contained in the section mark but you can have one footer throughout a document with multiple sections and change the format and start of the page number with each section.

    That said, changing the header/footer setting to "Same as Previous" may flush changes made earlier to page number formatting . . . and Word seems to like to randomly make such changes from time to time.[img]/w3timages/icons/alien.gif[/img]

    More on Headers, Footers & Section Breaks:
    http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/sections.htm
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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