How do I view blank pages?



I am using Word 2007 on Windows XP SP3.

I am looking at several long documents that each contain several sections.
The documents have been formatted so that all sections start on odd pages.
Therefore, if a section ends on an odd page, Word automatically inserts a
blank even page so the next section will start on an odd page.

For some reason, Word is hiding the blank even pages.

Here is my question: What is the global setting that will display/hide all
blank pages in a document? I want to be able to scroll through the document
and see all blank pages where they occur, not just view the pages that
contain content.

I looked in the online help, on the Web, and searched in this forum and
could not find the answer. I apologize if someone already posted this


Tim Munyon

Suzanne S. Barnhill

The only way to see these blank pages is in Print Preview and then only if
(a) you set the view to "Two Pages" *and* (b) you enable "Mirror margins"
and/or "Different odd and even" headers and footers. Word will then display
facing pages (including the blank ones) in Print Preview only.

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA


Thank you for the reply, but I must confess I was hoping for a different

Here's just one scenario (assume different right and left headers and

1. Section 1 = Title page and copyright page.
2. Section 2 = TOC
3. Section 3 = Chapter 1/section 3, which is just shy of one page long.
4. Section 4 = Chapter 2/section 4, which is just shy of one page long.
5. Section 5 = Chapter 3/section 5, which is 20 pages long, requiring both
odd and even headers and footers inherited from chapter 1.

When I set up the headers and footers for chapter 1, I need to be able to
set them up for both the odd and even pages, so that the even pages
throughout the remainder of the document will all look the same. So, I need
to be able to view and edit the headers and footers on the blank even page on
the first chapter.

I can do that by inserting a regular page break (instead of using a section
break "odd") at the end of the content on page 1 of chapter 1, but it seems
cumbersome to use a page break just so I can see the blank even page for
header and footer configuration in chapter 1, when all of the other chapters
conclude with a section break odd.

Am I missing something? Thanks!

Suzanne S. Barnhill

The blank pages do not have a header or footer. In order to edit all the
possible headers/footers, you will have to either insert temporary pages (as
you're doing) or edit the header/footers in a section where they are in use
(assuming that Link to Previous is enabled).

Note that, while you can edit in Print Preview (if you click the Magnifier
button to turn it off), this won't help with the blank pages, as they do not
have a header or footer; they really don't actually exist except notionally.

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

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