Word 365 Footer Chapter Numbers Skipping Section

Reinoehl, Gabe 0 Reputation points


I'm trying to format a document for an educator at my university, and the document has Section and Page-in-Section (formatted as Section 2-3 for Page 3 in Section 2, Section 3-14 for Page 14 in Section 3, etc.). It seems to be skipped Section 4, numbering it as Section 5 in the Footer...which then continues into the actual Section 5, combining their page counts.

I'm trying to troubleshoot this myself but am running into difficulties and figured I should drop a question here since the newest advice I can find for this topic or any section/chapter issues is from 2016, with most pages or sources being from around 2012.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

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  1. Emi Zhang-MSFT 18,891 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    I suggest you change the document View to Draft View, then please check the Breaks status between problem sections.

    You can try to change the section breaks to page breaks or delete them.

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  2. Stefan Blom 1,951 Reputation points MVP

    In the document, use the built-in Heading 1 paragraph style for chapter headings, insert a section break at the end of each chapter, and set the page number to reference the Heading 1 numbering. Page number formats are defined per section using the Page Number Format dialog box.

    For details, tell us which version of Word you are running.

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