Hidden even pages in Word 2013

Hello,

I've run into a problem with hidden pages after inserting page numbers for odd and even pages, even numbers to the left, odd to the right (here I am stuck in the middle).

I'm working on a multi-section document for a government customer. The document has several front matter sections and multiple chapters. Two of the document requirements are that each section/chapter will begin on a right-side page, and the above mentioned even pages to the left and odd pages to the right. The problems is that Word hides even pages if "Different Odd & Even Pages" is selected. If text ends on an odd page, Word creates an even page without displaying the page. The page count in the lower left-hand corner will show a page skip, e.g. p. 51 followed by p. 53. As expected, if I print to paper or pdf, the hidden pages get printed.

How do I make Word display that even page? I don't have an issue with the hidden pages, but I won't be the one revising the document in the future. At some point, others less familiar with Word will notice a "missing page" and add another even page, creating much havoc. I could simply add a page break to force Word to display the even page. However, the blank page will display a page number. And this customer wants blank pages to be literally blank, i.e. no oft seen, "This page left intentionally blank."

Cheers.

 

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Last updated June 19, 2019 Views 2,451 Applies to:
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In order to see the blank even pages you must:

  1. Have enabled either "Mirror margins" or "Different Odd and Even" (which you have done).
  2. View the document in Print Preview Edit Mode. This is different from the Print Preview in the "backstage." You have to add the PPEM button to the Quick Access Toolbar.
  3. Select a Zoom ratio that displays at least two pages. You will then see true facing pages, including the blank even ones.

The alternative is to actually print the pages (with header and footer) as described at http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/TblsFldsFms/InsEvnPgEndChap.htm.

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Hmm, I see now that when I click the arrows to turn the page in the Print Preview, Word tends to skip the blank pages. What you can do is reduce the zoom; this will guarantee that all pages show up.

Are you sure that all section breaks are Next Page? I wouldn't expect any filler pages with Next Page section breaks, unless page numbers are restarted (to an odd number) in some sections, which makes Word add the filler pages (effectively treating the breaks as Odd Page breaks). Word always does its best to prevent odd-numbered page numbers from printing on left-hand pages (and Word also prevents even-numbered page numbers from printing on right-hand pages).

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