How do I make page numbers alternate? (eg. even page numbers on the top-left, odd page numbers on the top-right).

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How do I make page numbers alternate? (eg. even page numbers on the top-left, odd page numbers on the top-right).


There are two ways to do this.

First method, using one page style only:

  1. From the main menu bar, select Format -> Page (or right-click anywhere on the page and choose Page).
  2. On the Page Style dialog, go to the Page tab.
  3. In the Layout Settings section, set Page layout to 'Mirrored'.
  4. On the Header tab, select the 'Header on' checkbox and deselect the 'Same content left/right' checkbox.

Now you can insert page numbers in the headers. On a left-hand (even-numbered) page, align the number to the left. On a right-hand (off-numbered) page, align the number to the right.

Second method, using two page styles:

  1. Open the Styles and Formatting window (F11).
  2. Select the Page Styles icon.
  3. Right-click on the 'Right Page' style to open the Page Style dialog.
  4. On the Organizer tab, set 'Next Style' to 'Left Page' (you'll have to create Left Page first if it does not exist).
  5. On the Page tab, set 'Page layout' to 'Only left'.
  6. On the Header tab, select the 'Header on' checkbox. The 'Same content left/right' checkbox is not available. Click OK to save.
  7. Back in the Styles and Formatting window, right-click on 'Left Page' to open the Page Style dialog.
  8. On the Organizer tab, set 'Next Style' to 'Right Page'.
  9. On the Page tab, set 'Page layout' to 'Only right'.
  10. On the Header tab, select the 'Header on' checkbox. The 'Same content left/right' checkbox is not available. Click OK to save.

This sets up the pages to alternate styles automatically. Now you can insert page numbers in the header as usual.

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