Different page formats in Microsoft Word 2007

Friday, December 19, 2008

I normally use LaTex in preparation of my documents. I don't use Microsoft Word because it is very "crude" in many simple features for document preparation like bibliography generation, page renumbering etc.

This other time a colleague wanted me to help with the problem of numbering a Word 2007 document with different page formats. It took us a lot of hours of googling to find the solution. In our googling, we noted there are also a lot of people out there who spent their time to accomplish such a trivial task and we could not find a clear answer to the problem. However, we managed to come up with a solution after several trial and error attempts. Hence we hereby share the solution for this trivial but time wasting task.


  1. Place cursor at a point in your document that would separate two sections of your document.
  2. Go to Page Layout menu then click on breaks
  3. Then choose section break (not page breaks). You will then have your document separated into two sections at the point you put your cursor.
  4. You can now apply appropriate page numbering formats for each of the sections. You can modify the page number formats through the footer or header.

4 comments:

Alex Saturday, August 01, 2009 5:26:00 PM  

I moved HDD from my computer to another PC,and after that some my important doc files were corrupted.But I was lucky and found nice tool in frind's computer-how to fix corrupted .doc file.It was free as is known and utility helped me very well.Moreover program can easily perform these operations and fix recover doc from any damaged document in Microsoft Word format.

Rob Sunday, October 18, 2009 10:25:00 AM  

Thank you for sharing this. MSWord 2007 was driving me nuts, and someone else said you had to have a page break rather than a section break. Of course MS Word help was no help. Thank you again.

Rob Sunday, October 18, 2009 10:26:00 AM  

Thank you for sharing this. MSWord 2007 was driving me nuts, and someone else said you had to have a page break rather than a section break. Of course MS Word help was no help. Thank you again.

Alex Sunday, April 18, 2010 2:11:00 PM  

I have been using MS Word already for couple years. But several days ago I wrote some lines in my doc file and suddenly something happened with my file. It turned out the file was crashed and I started seeking the decision of the problem. And I was succeeded. This tool I found on a soft forum - corrupted word files. It solved my problem quite easy and absolutely free.

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