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I am struggling with how to ask my question.  Hoping you will understand what I need.

I am creating an Appendix section for 2-side printing for a family tree book that has multiple chapters (sections), with a TOC that is being updated and growing in length as I add sections.  

I have the first chapter set to be on an even numbered page.  Page numbers in the footers will be on the outer edges of the odd/even pages.  Iíve unlinked the first chapter footer w/page number from the previous section.  My problem is when I insert the page number it is a 2 instead of a 1 even though I have the page number format set to start at page 1.  

The longer Iíve worked on fixing this, the more confused Iíve become.  At one point I saw that the start number should be set at 0.  I tried that.  First chapter page number was 0.

Iím not an expert at using Word, but I am wondering if Iím seeing a Word glitch and if I need to insert some code to override the 2 and force the numbering to start with 1?

Any help would be very much appreciated.  Thank you,

Genelle - you are by far not the first person having difficulty dealing with "Section Breaks" and page numbering in Microsoft Word.

Microsoft explains it much better than I can.

You are creating a booklet with odd and even page numbers, all of which add to the confusion.  It is not uncommon to have to start over when creating a document with this type of formatting.

I would suggest reviewing the following.  Create a small sample document with just a few pages and practice.


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