Question I am using Word 10. I created a document with top and bottom margins of .05. I want to add alternating page numbers as for a book. Normally, the page number would be at the .05 position where the footer begins, but I changed it in the footer field to be at .03 so there is some space before the last line of text and the page number. There is a now a paragraph mark where I want the number in the footer. However, when I click "add page number" no number appears. Why is this happening?
Answer The easiest way to add a simple page number in your footer is to place the insertion point next to the paragraph mark and press Alt+Shift+P. There's no telling what's happening (or trying to happen) when you try to add a page number building block, but if all you want is a simple page number, then Alt+Shift+P will insert a PAGE field, which will do the trick.
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