Getting Headers – page numbering tip for MS Word

I hate working without a title page. I know I should have a separate file for this silly contact information thing that hangs out in the front of my manuscript and messes with the page count, but I like to print one file. Wow is that lazy or what?
Anyway, once I get past page 5 the lower left page count means nothing until I reach 300.
So here is my solution to having a title page, yet starting the text on page one.
First get a title page and at least two pages of text.
Now, the fun part.
Go to the tab marked Insert. Just to the right of center is an icon called page number. Click on that and select top of page, plain number 3. Now you have a numbered header.
Click on that same icon again and five choices down click on page number, this will bring up a dialogue box at the bottom of which is a “start at” and you put in 0 in the blank space.
Now go to the tab labeled “page layout”. At the bottom right of the second section, called “page setup” is a tiny little icon like an arrow. Click on that and you get a “page setup” dialogue box. On the tab labeled “layout” is a selection called “different first page” check that box.
Now go to the second page and double click at the top, which will enable your header, and I would strongly suggest typing “(“ then “c” then “)” which will suddenly become ©, your name then your book title. Hit the space bar to push this title to the center or left of the page.
Double click on your body text to exit out of the header.
Maybe you don’t want a copyright symbol in your manuscript, but you should have your name and title on every page.
Now your title page is within the manuscript, but your first page is numbered with the number 1.
Oh yeah! Headers baby!


About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
This entry was posted in The 3by3 writing method and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s