Two Page Numbers per Physical Page in Microsoft Word

By Allen Wyatt for Word.Tips.Net

Two Page Numbers per Physical Page in Microsoft Word

It is not unusual to need to print information on half sheets of paper. For instance, you may need a page size of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ for your document. This is a handy size, as you can get exactly two pages on a landscape-oriented letter-size piece of paper. You can easily use Word’s column feature to set up your document to print in two columns on the paper, and then cut the paper in half after printing.

The problem comes in when you want to print page numbers on each of your mini-pages. Word calculates page numbers based on the physical page, not on some virtual page you may want to set up. There are ways around this particular problem, however.

The solution is to follow these steps:

1. Do not use columns to set up your document, unless you want columns to appear on each of your mini-pages.

2. Place your page numbers in the page headers and footers as you normally would.

3. Make sure the Page Layout tab of the ribbon is displayed.

4. Click the small icon in the lower-right corner of the Page Setup group. Word displays the Page Setup dialog box.

5. Make sure the Margins tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)

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