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    Blank Pages (2003)

    I have a document set up for duplex printing and at some points in the document I have inserted odd page section breaks. However, when I show the document in print layout view it does not show a blank page after an odd numbered page followed by the odd page section break. Is there some option that forces Word to show a Print Preview with all pages included?

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    Re: Blank Pages (2003)

    Word does not show the blank pages in Print Layout view (since they don't really exist), but it does show them in Print Preview.

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    Re: Blank Pages (2003)

    Hi Chuck,

    As Hans said, Page Layout view doesn't show blank pages. You can force it to, however, by using a field to insert the blank page.

    If you go to the last line in each section and add a field, coded as follows, Word will insert a blank page into the section if the exisiting number of pages in the section is odd:
    {IF{=MOD({SECTIONPAGES},2)}= 1 {QUOTE 12}}
    to get Word to insert a blank page into the section if the number of pages in the section is even, use:
    {IF{=MOD({SECTIONPAGES},2)}= 0 {QUOTE 12}}

    The fields aren't dynamic, so you have to do something to cause them to refresh if the number of pages changes (eg Ctrl-A then F9).

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    Re: Blank Pages (2003)

    Thanks for all the advice. Actually, as I recall, Print Preview didn't show the blank pages either and neither did the PDF version. So it remains a curiosity with me.

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    Re: Blank Pages (2003)

    If you wish, you can attach a copy of the document with almost all text stripped away, but with the page breaks in place.

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    Re: Blank Pages (2003)

    That's OK Hans, it was more of a curiosity than a major problem. I was having the PDF document reproduced at Kinko's for an elderly lady friend and they went ahead and inserted a blank page at the right place. Next time the problem pops up I'll give it another look.

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