How to add footer on linked/inserted documents?


Question: How do you add page numbers, (an additional footer), to all of the pages of the inserted documents, (ODTs and/or PDFs)?

Use Case:

I frequently write large documents, (legal documents, research papers, etc.), with inserted title pages, tables of contents, authorities, but the primary issue is with appendices, (A & B).

When I insert a file, (from the Master Document menu), the documents are inserted at 8" x 11", and there is no room for a footer… I would either like to: (A.) insert a “footer” or overlay arranged on top of the inserted pages; or (B.) insert the documents at 90% size so that footers can be added.

The table of contents must cite the page number that each appendix/exhibit starts on.

NOTE: Edited to make sure that this question covers just ODT documents linked, and not just PDFs.

Thank you very much for your help!

There is no simple or effective way to embed/link PDF content in an ODF file. The usual methods are:

  • Export each page in the PDF as an image and then separately insert these images, one per page in the required appendix.
  • Manually edit the page numbers of the PDF to be distinct from those in the ODF (by including a leading identifier e.g., “P123”); then create the same series of blank pages in the ODF (for the Table of Contents); export the ODF pages to PDF, excluding the appendices; then combine the two PDFs using a tool such as pdftk.

Just to clarify, when I finally managed to convert the PDF documents to ODT, I still have the difficulty trying to insert footers on arranged on top of the inserted pages…

With Much Work-A-Round, I did manage to accomplish this.

  1. Attach/insert a document into your master page document.
  2. Notice the new MP[0] Page Styles.
  3. Remove the Inserted/attached files.
  4. Note the added page styles still exist, MP[*],
  5. Remove all MP[?] Page Styles, EXCEPT MP0.
  6. Add a Footer, or whatever to MP0, with a “Frame” … insert page number fields into the frame.
  7. Edit the Frame, “Bring to Front”.
  8. Insert Attached Documents again.
  9. Save the MP0 style, but remove all of the junk MP1-MP* styles.
  10. For each inserted document, you /may/ have to go into the page style, and re-raise the Frame to “Front”.

It is quite a glitchy method, but works, albeit inconsistently.