Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Using Continued Lines.

Using Continued Lines

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 7, 2014)

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One WordTips reader wrote about a special page numbering need for their organization. Besides placing a regular page number at the top of a page, on the previous page they place a footer that tells the upcoming page number. For instance, at the bottom of page 1 you might place "Continued on page 2." The question was how to place such a footer on each page except the last one, and how the proper page number can be placed there. This compound field allows you to place the proper information at the bottom of each page. A different footer appears on the last page.

{ IF { PAGE } < { NUMPAGES } "Continued on page {={PAGE} + 1}" "Last Page"}

Not the use of the incremented page number in the field so that the next page is always referenced. If you want to change the exact text that appears with the incremented page number, then simply change the info appearing between the quote marks, but outside the compound page number field. (In this case, it is the text 'Continued on page '.) In addition, if you don't want any footer to appear on the last page of the document, then delete the "Last Page" portion of the field (including the quote marks).

You can insert field braces by pressing Ctrl+F9 and you can nest different fields, as this tip requires, by using the same shortcut key. To create the desired footer, open your document and follow these steps.

  1. If the document has several sections, position the insertion point anywhere in the section where you want the footer to appear.
  2. Choose Header And Footer from the View menu. This displays the Header and Footer dialog box.
  3. Click on the Switch Between Header and Footer button to display the footer area of your document.
  4. Enter the compound field (as shown previously in this tip).
  5. With the insertion point within the compound field you created, press Shift+F9 to collapse the field.
  6. Click on Close in the Header and Footer toolbar.

When you create the fields, make sure you use the proper spelling of the field names, and that the quote marks are included as indicated.

When you use a field such as this, it is a good idea to either manually update the fields before printing or make sure Word is set to do this automatically. You can check this by following these steps:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. This displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Click on the Print tab.
  3. Make sure the Update Fields check box is selected.
  4. Click on OK.

Now, whenever you print, Word first updates every field in the document before the first page is produced. This ensures that your footers appear as you desire.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1151) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Using Continued Lines.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2014-07-06 09:44:14

Miguel Antonio Suárez

Hi Allen: When I say "...advertisement at the right side of the first paragraph..." I mean a big box with Google ads blocking suggested footer. Maybe, this can make clear what I mean. Once again, thanks for your attention.


2014-07-06 08:40:40

Peter Kirkpatrick

I have a small question. You say this:

"...if you don't want any footer to appear on the last page of the document, then delete the "Last Page" portion of the field (including the quote marks)."

I would have thought you needed to retain the quotation marks thus [ "" ] to retain the two alternative values for the IF field. Why are you able to omit them here?


2014-07-05 11:19:03

Miguel Antonio Suárez

Hey, Allen, advertisement at the right side of the first paragraph blocks the end part of the suggested footer. Would be nice to show the solution in a place different to the blockage in order to display the suggested footer fully. Thanks a lot!


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