Want Automatic Numbering to start on second page


M

Malia

I don't want the cover page to have page number or be counted in total pages.
But no matter what I do, the number of pages is not correct when inserting
the auto text "Page x of x" in footer. I've tried all kinds of different
settings: just telling it first page is different and blank with rest of
document as Section 1 footer - or setting up Section 2 footer separate - or
setting the cover page to start at page 0 - I've tried section breaks, page
breaks - linking footers together or separate, nothing works. The total
pages given still is one more than is actually there.

The pages (after cover) gives the correct page number, but the total number
of pages is wrong - it's still counting the cover page, so it shows "29 of
30." I've looked and looked and can't find it, but isn't there a way to stop
the cover page from counting as a page totally? Or is there another fix you
can turn me on to?

Thanks!
 
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J

Jay Freedman

Malia said:
I don't want the cover page to have page number or be counted in
total pages. But no matter what I do, the number of pages is not
correct when inserting the auto text "Page x of x" in footer. I've
tried all kinds of different settings: just telling it first page is
different and blank with rest of document as Section 1 footer - or
setting up Section 2 footer separate - or setting the cover page to
start at page 0 - I've tried section breaks, page breaks - linking
footers together or separate, nothing works. The total pages given
still is one more than is actually there.

The pages (after cover) gives the correct page number, but the total
number of pages is wrong - it's still counting the cover page, so it
shows "29 of
30." I've looked and looked and can't find it, but isn't there a way
to stop the cover page from counting as a page totally? Or is there
another fix you can turn me on to?

Thanks!

The "Page X of Y" autotext uses two fields. The X is a {PAGE} field that
shows the current page number, taking restarts into account. The Y is a
{NUMPAGES} field, which always shows the total number of pages in the entire
document. In your case, with a section break to restart numbering at 1 on
the second page, you want to replace the {NUMPAGES} field with a
{SECTIONPAGES} field to show only the number of pages in section 2.

There's another way to get the same result, without a section break but
starting the page numbering at 0 on the first page and using an empty
"different first page" footer. In the primary footer (showing on all the
pages except the first), replace the {NUMPAGES} field with the nested
formula field

{ = {NUMPAGES} - 1 }

Select the existing {NUMPAGES} field and then use Ctrl+F9 to insert the
outer set of field markers, and type in the rest of the field code.

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Regards,
Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP
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M

Malia

Hi Jay,

It took me a minute to figure out how to insert individual fields instead of
using auto text, but your first suggestion worked - thank you so much!
 

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