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    Page X of Y (2003)

    It always happens when you are trying to meet a deadline - you hit a wall!

    I have a doc that is 12 pages long counting the title page. I start page numbering in the footer of the first text page as page X of Y. It displays as page 1 of 12. Problem is that I want it to say page 1 of 11 since we are not counting the title page as part fo the document's page count.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Page X of Y (2003)

    Delete the 12.
    Press Ctrl+F9 to insert field brackets { } (don't type those yourself)
    Type =
    Press Ctrl+F9 again. It should now look like { ={ } }
    Type NUMPAGES
    Position the insertion point between the two closing brackets.
    Type -1. It should now look like { ={ NUMPAGES }-1 }
    Right click the field and select Toggle Field Codes.
    If necessary, repeat the last step.

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    Re: Page X of Y (2003)

    BEAUTIFUL - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

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    Re: Page X of Y (2003)

    An alternative (slower) method to consider for future documents:
    1. <LI>Create a section break between the title page and the main body of the document. Insert>Break>Next page.

      <LI>Change the NUMPAGES field to SECTIONPAGES so that Word only shows the number of pages in that section.

      <LI>If your main document section has an unwanted "first page footer" open the Page Setup dialog and uncheck the box that generates a different first page header and footer.

      <LI>If the section does not already start numbering from page 1, use Insert>Page Numbers...>Format...>"Start at" 1>OK>Close (if you accidentally click OK on the last one, delete the extra page number textbox from your footer).
    I think this is the official way Microsoft would recommend, but as I said, way slower than Hans' quick fix! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Page X of Y (2003)

    That's a good idea. In fact, i did have separate sections for title, body, appendix A, B, & C. My intention was to have consecutive numbering starting on the page after the title page. If i used the SECTIONPAGES, how would that affect the appendices?

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    Re: Page X of Y (2003)

    > If i used the SECTIONPAGES, how would that affect the appendices?

    If they are separate sections, they would not be counted in SECTIONPAGES in the main body of the document. This might not fit your needs in this case. Somehow Hans always knows better than me. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Page X of Y (2003)

    You can have two page numbering schemes in your document

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    Re: Page X of Y (2003)

    If you are saying that the title page is not to be counted (so on page two it starts as page 1 of 11, instead of the real number, 2 of 12) *or displayed*, you can use an old trick I picked up somewhere along the line - have 'different first page' selected and tell the 'Start at' number to start at 0. That way the title page is page 0, first text page is page 1, etc.
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