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Page Layout Pagination

This is the first place to look when pages appear, disappear or reappear at the end of documents. To access these pagination settings, select Format, Page Layout, Pagination (see Figure 1).

NOTE

You also see this pagination command in the Custom Blank Paper window when beginning a new document using File, New, Document, Custom.

Figure 1 - The Page Layout Pagination Settings window.

Take a look at how these settings work in and affect documents.

Pagination Pane

The following descriptions provide some insight on how pagination controls may affect your documents when it comes to left- and/or right-side pages, as well as which of these page sides begins a document.

Single Sided: Choose this option for single-sided documents. With this selection, only the Right Master page is available. If you begin a document with Left and Right Master pages and later select Single Sided, the Left Master page is deleted, and all Left/Right pages automatically use the Right Master page.

Double Sided: Choose this option for double-sided documents. With this selection, both the Left and Right Master pages are available. If you began with a single-sided document and later select Double Sided, the Left Master page is automatically added, and all pages automatically use the appropriate Left or Right Master page.

When selecting Double Sided, you must also determine the starting page side of each document. Select Right or Left from the 1st Page Side pull-down menu. If you select Right, the first page side uses the Right Master page-layout, and all subsequent pages adjust accordingly. If you select Left, the first page side uses the Left Master page-layout, and all subsequent pages adjust accordingly.

NOTE

Be careful when using Custom Master page layouts for Body pages. While subsequent pages in documents adjust to reflect new Left/Right 1st page pagination choices, Body pages that utilize Custom Master pages do not, and you have to adjust these manually.

Before Saving & Printing Pane

If you get into a pagination predicament, this is a good place to visit to get out of trouble quickly. In fact, before starting a new document, check these settings to avoid problems later in the project. Taking the extra 30 seconds now to choose the appropriate setting in documents might just save you lots of time later!

NOTE

Select File, Import, Formats, Page Layouts to import Pagination settings to other FrameMaker document files.

The drop-down menu selection is applied to a document file when you save or print that file. Here is what to expect from Before Saving & Printing choices.

Delete Empty Pages gets two thumbs up for being the best choice to use while working on documents that won't be finalized for awhile. For example, if you are editing a 100-page document and delete nine pages worth of text from various locations throughout the document, you discover nine empty pages (give or take) at the end of the document. In this case, once you activate the Save or Print commands, the empty pages are automatically deleted.

In the same way, if you work with conditional text and turn off one or more conditions, you notice your document shrinking in size with regard to page count. Without Delete Empty Pages to the rescue, you end up with any number of empty pages at the end of your document.

Make Page Count Even is your best choice to use while working on documents in their final format that must end on an even page. Let's say you are working with a 99-page document ending on an odd page. After activating the Save or Print commands, you discover that one empty, even-sided page is added to the end of the document.

This is not a good choice in the edit document phase. Make Page Count Even can be especially troublesome if you end up with empty paragraph lines on the last odd page before you save or print. In this case, an even page is added and then you end up with an empty odd and even page.

Make Page Count Odd is your best choice to use while working on documents in their final format that must end on an odd page. Let's say you are working with a 100-page document ending on an even page. After activating the save or print commands, you discover one empty, odd-sided page is added to the end of the document.

If you are still in the editing document phase and use this setting, you find an odd-sided page added to the end of your document each time you save or print the document. On the other hand, if you are working with a 99-page document and use the Save or Print commands, no change occurs because the page count is already odd.

NOTE

If you manually delete the empty odd or even page and then save or print the document, the empty odd or even page reappears at the end of the document.

Don't Change Page Count is the most annoying choice while working with documents during the editing phase, but it is a good choice during the final phase.

To illustrate why this choice doesn't work well during the editing phase, let's suppose your document contains 100 pages, and a total of 15 pages are deleted throughout the document. This choice ensures that those 15 empty pages stay put at the end of the document. In this case, you can choose to either change the setting to Delete Empty Pages and then Save/Print the document or use Special, Delete Pages to manually delete the empty pages.

With this setting, manually deleted pages do not reappear after saving or printing.

On the other hand, if you have finalized document edits and page counts, Don't Change Page Count is a good choice. In this case, no changes are made to pagination upon saving or printing.

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