Typesetting in Microsoft Word:Part 2. Setting Up Pages

August 2005
by Jack M. Lyon

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Once you set up Microsoft
Word for typesetting and figure out your design—the steps covered in part
1 of this series—it’s time to set up your pages based on that design. For
most books, you’ll need three different layouts:

·      the first page of a chapter

·      a left (verso) page

·      a right (recto) page

Dedicated typesetting programs set
these up with “master pages.” Word lacks such a feature, so to set up different
kinds of pages you should:

1. Click File –> Page Setup.
On a Macintosh, click the Margins button.

2. Click the Layout tab. Notice
that the preview shows only one page.

3. Under “Section start,” select
“Odd page” if you want every chapter to start on the traditional odd page, or
“Next page” if you’re willing to let a chapter open on a left-hand page when
the preceding chapter ends on a right.

4. Under “Headers and footers,”
put a check in the box labeled “Different odd and even” and a check in the box
labeled “Different first page.

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