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    Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    I have created a new document and wish to have page numbers in the footer. However, when I go to View the footer it is not there. Not even the dotted outline.

    I am viewing in pint layout and have the white space between pages showing.

    Can anyone help? This is the first time for me but one of our users complained about the same using Word 2000.
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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    Can you post (a copy of) the document? You can remove or replace the body text.

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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    Any strange margin settings for the body or for the footer (try the various tabs of the Page Setup dialog)?

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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    Hans thanks

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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    I think there's some kind of corruption in the document. If you save the document as .RTF, then save the .RTF file as a Word document (.doc) again, the footer will reappear. See attached version (zipped).
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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    Hans thanks again

    Did as yu suggested but that didn't work.

    Footer missing from pages 1, 2, 4 but shows up on pages 3, 5 and then all until 21?
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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    I see a "Draft" image on most of the pages. This item may have taken control of the Footer.

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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    The problem with your document appears to be the section breaks. I deleted them and replaced them with page breaks in the attached version, and the footer is back. The formatting in the document (especially the first page) changed a little when I deleted them, but I think I fixed it to look the same, however, you should probably check more thoroughly if this solves your problem.
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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    In the document I attached, there IS a footer on pages 1, 2 and 4, but there is no text in it. They are linked, so if you enter something in the footer on page 1, it'll also show up on page 2 and 4.

    There's also a watermark that seems to have ended up on the wrong page.

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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    Ruthie

    Thanks for the suggestion but I need the section breaks as the document is published as a double sided publication and has different headers/footers for first and odd and even pages.

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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    Hans

    Your right. What I didn't do was to exit the document and reopen it after it was resaved as a .doc. When I did this the footers magically returned..

    Any ideas why this happens?

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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    It looks like Hans has solved your problem, but for future reference, you don't need section breaks to have different headers/footers for odd and even pages and for the first page. You can set it for the entire document under Page Setup/Layout.

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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    Why do documents corrupt? Probably because Word's document structure has become more and more complicated over the years. Sometimes bits fall by the wayside. Saving as .rtf, then closing and converting to .doc again forces Word to rebuild the document from scratch.

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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    Ruthie thnaks for that.

    I'll test this because, as we all know, section breaks can cause major problems for the unitiated.

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    Re: Disappearing footers (mso 2003)

    Hans thanks very much for your time.

    Makes sense to me.

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