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How can I set up OpenOffice to number pages automatically?

I am trying to put page numbers into a large document to no avail, and I can not find any documentation how to.

I am able to go from one page to the other and manually numbering them, but what I am looking for is a comand to enter at the start of the document that will do the trick. If you want a page number on each page, you need to do two things: Turn on headers and/or footers, since that's where things repeat on every page, then put an automatic page number in the header or footer.

  • To turn on headers and footers, choose Format > Page, click Headers, and select the checkbox to turn them on. Do the same with the Footers tab. You'll see the header and footer appear in your document.
  • Let's say you want to put the page number in the footer. Scroll to the bottom of the work area and click in the footer. Choose Insert > Fields > Page Number. The page number with a gray nonprinting background, will appear in the footer.
  • If you're looking for a book that will explain how to do things like this, my OpenOffice.org Resource Kit user's guide and CD is available at most bookstores, including Amazon.com, Softpro, Barnes and Noble and Borders.

    This was first published in November 2003

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