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NUMBERING BOOK PAGES

Do not attempt to number your #book manuscript until you are certain no additional changes will be made.




I watched YouTube videos, read a book on the subject, and read articles posted on various author sites. I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out how to do it. In the end, it was not that hard. I summarized it for my next book in case I forget. Below is what I learned:

STEP 1:


GO TO: HOME and highlight PARAGRAPH MARK

This will help so you can see if the SECTION BREAKS are in the correct place in the document.

GO TO: End of the last word on the last page of the Chapter.

Left click at the end of the last word including the period.

GO TO: LAYOUT on your MENU BAR.

Click on BREAKS, Under SECTION BREAKS, click NEXT PAGE. A line with the words SECTION BREAK NEXT PAGE will appear. You can move the SECTION BREAK up or down by using the ENTER/BACKSPACE button.

NOTE: The SECTION BREAK needs to appear at the end of that page.

If it moves to the next page, that page will also be numbered.

DO NOT STOP UNTIL YOU PLACE A SECTION BREAK AT THE END OF EACH CHAPTER ON THE LAST PAGE OF EACH CHAPTER.

NOTE: Once I complete the above process, I turn off the PARAGRAPH MARK.

GO TO: HOME/delete highlight PARAGRAPH MARK.


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STEP 2:


Make sure you check off: DIFFERENT FIRST PAGE/DIFFERENT ODD & EVEN/SHOW


DOCUMENT TEXT

Since I am always using these three Document Formatting Tools, I have added them to my QUICK ACCESS TOOLBAR. If you don't see these three items, use SEARCH and type in one of the above. It is easier when you can always see them.


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STEP 3:


GO TO: the beginning of the first letter on the SECOND PAGE of your CHAPTER.


Left click. On MENU click INSERT and select PAGE NUMBER, FORMAT PAGE NUMBERS. Click the box START AT and add a 1. CLICK OK.

Click on the PAGE NUMBER and select the position TOP OF PAGE or BOTTOM OF PAGE, and style where you would like to number your manuscript.


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STEP 4:


Slide your curser in the box to the right that you have selected and left click. The consecutive numbers will appear wherever you chose on the page TOP, BOTTOM, CENTER, LEFT, OR RIGHT. The first page will not be numbered. The second page will begin with number 2 and continue to the end of the Chapter. ​NUMBERING PAGES:


Repeat the above steps for each Chapter. The only change will be the number that you include in the START AT box.


NOTE: I believe numbering pages is an art. You can do the basics, or you can make the chapters and page numbers stand out. You should coordinate them with the cover and genre of your book. When you finish the above steps, you can polish the pages off with the perfect cover.


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THE FINAL STEP BEFORE YOU PUT YOUR BOOK ON SALE:


What you do next may be one of the most important things you do for yourself and your book. A well thought out book deserves a well thought out cover! Think of the cover like icing on your favorite cake. Select several options. Show them to as many people as you can. Get feedback. Don't rush into it, because you feel anxious. You want to get your book out there. I get it but stop! Take a deep breath and take your time. Have fun with it and pick the right cover!


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I did a lot of YouTube searches before I figured it out. I won't even share how long it took for me to figure it out. Then, I stumbled across a video that was one of the funniest videos I have ever seen. Someday when I get time, I will find it and post it here. The guy says a few curse words about numbering pages, but I found it to be hysterical. Numbering pages can be challenging! That's why I documented the process above. If you are lucky enough to have Window 10 or higher, I posted them above. If not, write down the instructions so you don't have to get frustrated all over again.

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I found the process of numbering the pages a bit frustrating. If it's something that you're doing for the first time, it requires patience. Page numbering is tricky. Like Daniella suggested, once you've got it figured out, write it down to make it easier for your next book. I opted to use Roman Numerals to number the pages up until my TOC. The Table of Contents is not numbered (visually) but is considered and the page numbering continues as regular numbers where Chapter 1 begins. Title Page, not visually numbered as "Page i"- Front Matter pages ii-vi are visual-

TOC not visually numbered but accounted for-

Chapter 1 starts on "Page 8" and the rest of the book is numbered visually and consistent with…

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