Hello, Microsoft Community,
I'm a student and a couple of times we write coursework, diploma and so on. Of course we use Microsoft Word for it. And you know, one of the requirements of this type of work is pagination which is usually used in the footer of pages.
But there are 2 typical additional requirements for it:
1)Title page (first page) shouldn't have pagination (number 1). It's not difficult, every student can find the option "Different first page". Thanks a lot for it.
2)We usually have 1-2 pages with description of the task for diploma, coursework which also should't be numbered. And to be honest, I've spent pretty a lot of time to solve this part. Even when I found this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBf9HPP1hQE (thanks to author), I didn't catch the idea immediately. And if you read the comments to the video, you can see that I'm not alone with this problem. I don't think that it is the best solution which can be applied to this problem.
And you know, I spoke with many students and nobody knows how to solve this problem easily. So my suggestion is to make some user-friendly checkbox called "Different this page". If you have the better idea, as you wish. But I think the problem exists and you should to improve it.
I'm really sorry if solution already exists and I just haven't found it, but I can say 100% that this solution isn't popular.
Thank you very much.
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Thanks for your reply. Yes, it can be the solution, but as you said, it would be nice if they will be more front facing / have an easier user experience.
Andrew Glick commented
As a fellow student and someone who likes to procrastinate actual school work by playing around in Microsoft Office products, I think I might have an answer for you!
What you're looking for are Sections. By creating a section (Layout > Breaks > Section Breaks) break after the title page(s), you can have different headers/footers for each section. Additionally, page numbering can start at 1 for each section by unchecking "link to previous" on the first page of the section. Additionally, the "Different first page" for headers/footers is by section, not just by document.
There are a lot of the really cool features I've stumbled across in Word recently, but they're unfortunately buried under some complicated dialogue boxes. I'm only beginning to understand the power of styles, sections, and paragraph spacing/indents, but they seem to be very powerful. I do wish they would make these features more front facing / have an easier user experience.
Hopefully this is still in time to be useful on your dissertation!
Thanks for your answer.
I'm glad that you agree with me.
If we talk about possible solutions, I would suggest something like this:
1)box called - "hide page number". This section can be the enumeration of page numbers, which should be hidden. Just hide. But these pages should be included in the total number of pages. Use case - first page (title page).
2)box called - "exclude from page numbering". This section can be the enumeration of page numbers, which shouldn't be included in the total number of pages. Use case - the task for diploma shouldn't have the number in footer and also not included in the amount of pages.
As an alternative, you can try these 2 checkboxes for every page. Not sure what can be the best. It can be the theme for brainstorming and discussing. Maybe checkboxes for every page can me more flexible.
Unfortunately I don't have have an experience with pagination in other office applications, but I think it will be fine to improve this option in all applications. But I think this problem is not so critical as it can be in Word.
Hi Artur, completely agree with you on this - and as you say there are potential workarounds out there for this, although would be best to ensure this is already an available functionality.
To add reference on this, as you note also - there is the 'different first page' functionality which Microsoft advise of here (https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/start-page-numbering-later-in-your-document-c73e3d55-d722-4bd0-886e-0b0bd0eb3f02).
And similarly, there is too the workaround to skipping pages in the auto-numbering by using breaks in the document - which is detailed also here (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/all/how-to-skip-page-numbers-on-certain-pages-in-word/11cf582b-414b-4521-b1a8-b91f7f1218cb).
Another rather tiresome workaround may also be to save document as PDF and then use a PDF editor application to either create/modify the page numbering at that point; as then the document is format 'flattened' so this change would then be exactly as its done without shuffling subsequent page numbers around - due to it no longer being in word file format.
However, rather than these workarounds which can well become quite awkward to the overall document and its formatting; it would be a valuable solution to include if there was simply an option (perhaps within 'Insert - Header & Footer - Page Number - Format Page Numbers' for an additional box under 'Page Numbering' section to enter which pages to exclude from the page numbering.
Also, though noted this forum is for 'Word for Windows (Desktop Application)', would it be beneficial to consider this functionality not only for Word but in fact standard across Office applications (e.g. Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) ?