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Resetting page numbers in Writer

asked 2019-04-01 18:17:37 +0100

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I want to be able to reset page numbers and page counts in a single document in Writer. Example: I generate a document with several envelopes that appear at the beginning of a document. When I insert page numbers in the footer of the first page of the actual document along with a page count, both are thrown off due to the envelopes that precede the real document. How can I set the page numbering and count to reflect only the real document pages and ignore the envelopes?

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answered 2019-04-02 08:11:37 +0100

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updated 2019-04-02 08:15:12 +0100

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Since your document contains several significantly different parts, you must define corresponding page styles. At least, you need two: one for the envelope parts, on for the bulk text.

You transition from one part to the next with a page break (either manual or implicit through some paragraph style) where you specify the next page style. Simultaneously, you request resetting page number to 1. This will take care of "correct" page numbering.

To my knowledge, there is no way to change page count: it is a global variable for all created pages whether numbered or not.

My best advice would be to separate envelopes from content, which would solve your dilemma. In my opinion, your text has a more "permanent" state than your envelopes. You are very likely to add more envelopes during the lifetime of your document. Eventually, you could use the mail-merge feature to conveniently generate your envelopes with a very short (practically unchangeable) generic envelope "description" paired with a list of addressees (a CSV file, spreadsheet, DB or even a simple text file).

Keep these files (document, envelope, evt. addressees) grouped in a dedicated directory. Creating a directory is nowadays very easy and cheap. This directory will afterwards be your unit for moving, duplicating, deleting your work.

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