Word footer not updating

Article contributed by Bill Coan Word's page numbering scheme isn't directly obvious but it isn't needlessly complex, either. Once you understand how it works, all sorts of possibilities open up.

Unfortunately, the built-in tools that simplify the insertion of page numbers also happen to make it more difficult to tell what's really going on.

This autonomy lends flexibility, but it can lead to questions about numbering pages — where do you start numbering, does each section start over with page 1, and so on.

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i, too, wish there was a way to get fields to update in documents by default, or at least without resorting to macros (which are disabled and difficult).

The "filename" field in particular is my pain point.

Before you can number anything, you have to discern what each section comprises. For instance, a book can have several elements, or sections: a title page, a table of contents, numerous chapters, and so on.

Sections allow you to treat each of these elements as a single unit.

(If it works in other versions, all the better; I originally had this problem with Word 2007, and nothing seems to have changed since then.) This includes cross-references, page numbers, tables of contents, indexes, headers, etc.

If it can be updated by pressing , I want it updated.

Goddamn how many documents have I printed with the wrong "filename" due to me forgetting to manually update the filed EVERY TIME I save?

Port Manteaux churns out silly new words when you feed it an idea or two.

You can automatically update both fields and links when you print a document, but Word treats the two items differently when you are opening a file.

Word provides a way to always update your links when opening a document.

Stephanie wondered if there is a way in Word to force the updating of all fields and links in a document when either opening or saving (closing) the file.

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