Help with page numbering in your thesis

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See Overall Layout and Specifications: Pagination for information on how to format page numbers.


Answers to common problems involving page numbers

My page number "1" is now beginning with the number "11".

Check to see if you removed the section break at the end of the preliminary pages. If you did, insert the section break again (search Word's help to find how to do this in your version of Word).

Put your cursor on the first page after the section break (p. 11), go into Page Numbers > Format Page Numbers and change Continue From Previous Section to Start at 1.

The page numbering in my thesis went from page 97 to page 1 and I can't seem to fix it. Do you have any suggestions?

Yes. It sounds like you've added a section break. Because page numbers are set to start at 1 in the first section of the main body of your thesis, Microsoft Word may be interpreting this new section as a repeat of the first main body section of your thesis.

To remedy this problem, put your cursor in this new section, go into the page number format, and check Continue From Previous Section.

The Preliminary page numbers are cut off.  For example, at the bottom of the page, pages xvii, xviii are appearing as xvi even though they appear correctly in the Table of Contents.

This problem comes from an older version of Word (the old Library templates used this feature) and seems to be part of the incompatibilities with the more recent versions of Word (2007 and later).

In the older version of Word, rather than inserting the page numbers via the footer function, they were inserted via the old version's menu, which inserted the page numbers in boxes. The boxes don't get wider as the page numbers expand.

To fix this, go into Insert, choose Footer, Edit Footer, select the page number box, and delete it.

From the Footer Design Menu, choose Page Number, Bottom of Page, Plain Number 2 (centered) and, if another paragraph marker appears in the footer (turn on Show/Hide--the button from the Home Ribbon, Paragraph section), delete it. Press Next Section and, if necessary, do this same action in the next section as well.