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    page numbering (97)

    Hi loungers,

    I'm still in the process of bulding a template for reports and other IT doco.

    Formal reports will have a cover page and some front matter, plus a Toc before the body of the report.

    The boss wants the page numbering in the body of the report to read: page 1 of xx, where 'xx' is the number of pages in the body, not including the cover page front matter and Toc.

    Is this posssible without wrting a fancy macro? not my area of expertise).

    many thanks

    Glennie-lou

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    Re: page numbering (97)

    Hi Glennie-lou,

    Yes, you can do this by using sections and section-based page numbers.

    If you put the cover page, front matter and TOC in a different section (or sections) than the body of the report, you can format the body section to start its page numbering at 1. In you footer you'd then use a field like:
    {PAGE} of {SECTIONPAGES}
    Because of a bug in Word 97, {SECTIONPAGES} doesn't always return the right number. You could get around that by putting a bookmark at the very end of the body section and replacing {SECTIONPAGES} with
    {PAGEREF BookMarkName * MERGEFORMAT }
    where "BookMarkName" is the name of your bookmark.

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    Re: page numbering (97)

    The method mentioned by macropod doesn't work in all versions of Word due to the persistence of a Word bug. Make sure the users have the latest service pack for Word 97 (SP3?), or at least SR-1a for Word 2000. If you see this - Page 1 of 1, Page 2 of 2 - you'll know that user needs the fix.

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    Re: page numbering (97)

    Hi Jefferson,
    I've found that even Word 2000 with SR1a & SP2 doesn't handle {SECTIONPAGES} reliably. Sometimes it overstates the section page count in a multi-sectioned document, regardless of whether the section breaks are set as 'next page', 'even page' or 'odd page'. That's why I use the workaround that I described.
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    Re: page numbering (97)

    Thanks for the advice - I might recommend against this, because it will be beyond my control to ensure people add the bookmark (I can only recommend this in the style guide, but I guess there's no guarantee people will read it!)

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    Re: page numbering (97)

    I'll have to start going home earlier; I somehow stopped reading in the middle of your post and even ended up repeating part of what you said. Sorry about that.

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