Hi, I suspect this is going to be very easy and I'm overlooking something totally obvious. But a few Google searches have led me to believe Microsoft Word totally sucks in the area of trying to customize page numbering. So here's the deal: I can figure out how to insert page numbers, that's very easy, but I need to change what the page number says. By default it simply says "1, 2, 3, etc," but I need to insert my last name, so I need it to say "Bucsfan 1, Bucsfan 2, Bucsfan 3, etc." I did this very easily just a week ago in an older version of Word on a public computer, but can't figure it out on my laptop. I'm running Word 2008 on a Mac. I'm looking for a solution that doesn't involve simply typing my name and the number into every page header because this and other documents I type have many, many, many pages.
Actually I don't even know how to type it into the header manually if I wanted to do that. When I try, it types the same thing into every page and I can't edit individual page headers. Again, I'm sure I'm just making myself look stupid here, but I'll just have to accept that.
Originally posted by odessasteps Can you just use the "autotext" feature in the header menu that allows you to insert author/date/page or do you need it in a specific format?
Possibly. The only way I saw to insert page numbers into my document before you said this was Insert--->Page numbers. Now I'm on the Auto Text menu, but I don't know exactly what I'm supposed to do with it.
In Word 2003 (I think that was what was on the public computer I used for this previously) you simply inserted page numbers and it had an option for customizing the style of them, but this doesn't.
Plus, can't you just inset a page number into the header and then just type your name?
Not unless there's a way to do it that I'm missing. When I try and type into one page header, it types the same thing into all of them. Also, this document is 72 pages long. Next week, I'm going to have to do the same thing with a document of approximately the same length. I'd rather not have to keep typing my name, there must be a way to do this automatically.
Originally posted by odessasteps Again, I was using word 2003.
But I just did the Header thing.
Typed my name and then did insert page number (which in 2003 is the first button to the right of the insert auto text drop down) and it put my name and the page number in the header.
Didn't you say you needed your name and the page number on every page?
I misunderstood what you were suggesting. So I typed my last name via the header tool onto all the pages first, THEN, separately, inserted page numbers. And it worked perfectly. I was trying to do it in one step, which I am pretty sure I did before but it's possible I remember wrong. In any case, it worked. Thanks a lot.
In my defense, I did say up front that I was sure I was being stupid.