So far, so  good…I hope.  Now I will attempt to explain number formatting.  This area of the pocess is the most critical because what you click on, or don’t click on will make all kinds of things happen.  

Let’s give it a go.  We’ll start on the first page of Chapter 1 of your book.  The section preceding this main body of your work is called the front section.  You may have some pages in the front section that you want to number.  For example, if you have a multi-page preface to your book, you may want to number these pages.  You would separate them into their own section and probably use Roman numerals to number them.  That is the tradition.  But let’s park the front section for now so we can begin numbering the main section which begins with the first page of Chapter 1.

I have made the decision that I want my numbers to appear on the bottom of the page. So, let’s open the header and footer portions of the page.  Double-click within the bottom ½” of the first page of  Chapter 1.  The header and footer sections should open.  Now go up to the very top menu displayed and click on “Insert.”  A sub-menu will open.  Click on “Page Numbers.”  A new, small window will open in the center of your page.  It looks like this:

In the “Position” slot click on “Bottom of  Page.”  Then select “Alignment” which will place your number to the  left, middle or right side of the page, whichever you select.  If you do not want the  first page to show a number, unclick on that selection. Then click “Format”  and the following window will open:

On this window you will select the type of number you want, whether or not you want the chapter number to appear with the page number, and then you will select if  you want the number on the first page to continue from the previous section or you will instruct the computer to start at a specific number.  Click OK.  Now all the factors you selection should appear in the form of a number on the bottom of the page.  It may not be the number you told the computer to start with.  If this happens, you need to make sure the footer section is open…then go  up to the menu row that begins with “home” and click on “Header and Footer.”  A new row of icons and other selections will open.  It looks like this:

The most common disconnect is the check box labeled “Link to Previous” which is often checked by default despite whatever instructions you may have told your computer.  If the section you are numbering is its own entity and its numbering is totally exclusive to itself, make sure this box (“link to previous”) is left Unchecked.

While you have this particular menu bar open, take a look at your page number’s placement.  Would you like the number to be a little lower or higher?  If so, play with the two very last tools on the far right of this menu bar.  As your change the settings up or down you will see your page number respond accordingly.  Later, when you go to print you may get a message that a page number is out of range because you set it too low on the footer, or too high on the header.  You may have to go back to this menu bar and make an adjustment.  OR OR  OR, you can ignore the message, do a test print and you may find the page number fits fine!

Don’t forget, if you find yourself needing to change things in the middle of a section  you have numbered, just create a new section where you need to make the adjustment and proceed with the numbering process for each section.

This is not a complete tutorial.  There are many subtleties.  Hopefully, you will run into few issues.  It is a daunting experience the first time around.  Stick with it and

if the numbering Gods are with you, it will all be as easy as 1-2-3!  

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