This section shows you a few common page numbering techniques
that should cover 95 percent of your page numbering needs: regular
ol' page numbering, transitioning from one numbering style to
another (for example, lowercase Roman numerals to regular Arabic numbers ), and using a chapter-page numbering style, such as
Regular Ol' Page Numbering
Simplicity is a beautiful thing. Here's how to insert regular
page numbers in your headers and footers.
Click in the header or footer
where you want to insert the page number.
In the toolbar, click
and hold down the Insert Fields tool, and choose Page
If you're using
alternating headers and footers in a document (as determined in the
page style), insert the page number on the alternate
headers and footers, for example, in left and right page styles, if
you want the page number to be on the far left and far right sides
of your pages.
If you want to use a page # of # format, insert
Page Number and Page Count fields in the header or footer, as shown
in Figure 9-2 on page 284.
Transitioning to a Different Numbering Style
This procedure shows you how to transition from one numbering
scheme, such as lowercase Roman numerals for front matter (title
page, table of contents, preface), to another numbering scheme
where the body of the document starts.
This isn't a quick procedure. Some work with page styles is
involved. If you need help with page styles, see Creating Page
Styles on page 257.
For troubleshooting purposes, you should also be aware of the
general effects of applying page styles to a document. See Applying
and Switching Page Styles on page 259.
Create different page styles for
the sections that will use different page numbering.
For example, create alternating
PrefaceLeft and PrefaceRight page styles that use a lowercase Roman
numeral numbering scheme for a Preface section (as shown in Figure
9-10), and create Left and Right page styles for the main part of
the document or book that use a regular Arabic numbering
Figure 9-10. Setting a numbering
scheme for a page style
Apply the beginning
page styles to the document.
For example, apply a
Title page style to the first page of the document, which is
followed by alternating PrefaceLeft and PrefaceRight page
Click at the
beginning of the heading you want to begin the main body section,
at which you will restart numbering.
Choose Insert >
In the Insert Break
window, select Page break.
In the Style field,
choose the page style you want to begin the main body of the
Select the Change
page number option.
The number 1 appears
by default. If you want the main body to start with a number other
than 1, change the value.
The flow of
alternating PrefaceRight and PrefaceLeft pages is overridden, and
the new flow of alternating Right and Left page styles begins with
its new numbering scheme.
This procedure shows you how to set up page numbering that shows
the chapter number and restarts the page number when a new chapter
starts. For example, the first page of Chapter 3 would be numbered
This style is easier on the author, because changes in one
chapter don't throw off the page numbering for the rest of the
document; but it's baaaaaaad for the reader who's trying to find
pages in the document. (It's your conscience.) We present this
section because, unfortunately , this page numbering style is still
If you want to use this procedure, you have to be okay with the
fact that each chapter heading (the Heading 1 style, for example)
will start on a new page and have an automatically generated
chapter number. You also have to be okay with the fact that the
only type of running head you'll be able to use is the
chapter-level heading. For more information on that, see Using
Running Headers or Footers next .
Make sure you've set up outline
numbering in the document so that a paragraph style uses an
automatically generated chapter number.
See Setting Up Outline Numbering
on page 316.
Position the cursor
in the header or footer where you want to insert page
Press Ctrl+F2 to
display the Fields window.
On the Document tab,
in the Type list, select Chapter.
In the Format list,
select Chapter number without separator, as shown in Figure
Inserting the "chapter" number
This option inserts only the automatically generated chapter number without any Before
or After text. If you want to show Before or After text in the page
numbering, such as "Chapter," select Chapter number in the Format
Click Insert. Keep
the Fields window open .
In the header or
footer, insert a separator character after the chapter number you
In the Fields window,
select the Type called Page, select Page Numbers in the Select
list, and select a page number style in the Format list.
You can close the
If you're using more
than one set of headers and footers in the document, copy and paste
the page numbering to all pertinent headers or footers.
Edit the paragraph
that is set as the chapter paragraph. For example, if you're using
Heading 1 as your chapter paragraph, select the Heading 1 paragraph
style in the Stylist, right-click, and choose Modify.
In the Paragraph
Style window, click the Text Flow tab, and set the options shown in
Restarting page numbering
With this type of page numbering set up, when Writer sees a
Heading 1 (or whichever is the chapter heading), it puts the
heading at the top of a new page and restarts the page numbering,
as shown in Figure 9-13.
Figure 9-13. Chapter-page numbering