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Need to reset page margins on page 2 (if there is a page 2) back to the one-inch default or some other setting?
Here's how to do it in either the current document or in a template.
Related pages -
• The default template can be modified to apply this formatting to all new files
• Custom templates can be used to apply this formatting to other types of documents
• Delay codes are special format codes that act as "containers" for other format codes that you wish to delay starting until "X" pages from the current location
To modify the default template or a custom template
— the most typical items to modify with the method here — see the links
in the left sidebar. Otherwise, open the document you wish to modify.
Tip: To better see what you and the program are doing, open the Reveal Codes window (View, Reveal Codes).
Put the cursor at
the top of page 1, then click Format, Page, Delay Codes. Accept the "1"
in the "Number of pages..." field and click OK.
In the Define Delayed Codes editing window that appears (its title is at the very top of the WordPerfect window), click Format, Margins (or click the Page Setup or Page Size button).
Click Close to exit from the Define Delay Codes window. You should now be back in the main document.
In Reveal Codes, you should see a [Delay] code on page 1. Normally you should move the cursor past this new code before beginning typing your text so as not to push the code downward -- possibly to another page. (See the Tips below for a way to prevent this problem.)
Here's a tip to let you "hide" a [Delay] code so it is less likely to be moved or deleted accidentally.
This "reset margins" trick also works silmilarly in Style Editors, too -- not just in the Define Delayed Codes window (which is also an editor).
For example, if you want to create a custom Document (open) style to reset margins (and perhaps apply a new page size, font, etc.) at the cursor location, you would create the style and in its Styles Editor using the Page Setup choice from the editor's menu -- similar to the method described above in Step 2+.
However in a Styles Editor there's a small difference in the method (at least in newer WordPerfect versions): You must change all four margins in the Styles Editor in Step 3(a) by a small amount, then reset the ones you wish to reset to 1.0" in Step 3(b). Then close the Editor.
[Thanks to Charles Rossiter for the basic tip posted in WordPerfect Universe here.]