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 Only Odd Page Numbers.

Using Only Odd Page Numbers

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 11, 2019)

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Daniyal has some documents that he files in court, and those documents must have only odd page numbers on them. This doesn't mean that there should only be page numbers on the odd pages, but that the number on each page should only be odd. Thus, the pages would be numbered 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.; there would be no pages 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.

The easiest way to accomplish this task is to use a compound field to create your page numbers. The PAGE field is normally used to add page numbers to a document, as shown here:

{ PAGE \* MERGEFORMAT }

You should modify the field so that it looks like this:

{ = { PAGE } * 2 - 1 }

Note that each pair of field braces is inserted by pressing Ctrl+F9. When you are done constructing the field code, you can collapse it by using pressing F9.

If you use these types of calculated page numbers quite often, you can select the collapsed field and assign it to an AutoText entry. That way you can insert it into any of your documents you desire.

You should also note that if you create a table of contents or an index for the document, page numbers in the TOC or index will still reflect the normal page range, including even numbers, instead of the calculated numbers. There is no way to get around this limitation.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3862) 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 Only Odd Page Numbers.

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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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What is seven more than 2?

2015-12-02 05:21:55

chloris

Thank you for the tip, it works well even with my macbook (just had to substitute ctrl with cmnd). However the F9 key didn't work within an ms word on a windows10, I was wondering if perhaps you found a different way?


2015-08-12 05:40:41

muthu

Thank you


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