| Using two footers simultaneously (one for page number, the
other for separator line and filename, etc.) so that items do not
Some related items -
• Modifying the legal Pleading feature
• Headers, Footers, and Watermarks - how to start, stop, suppress, edit, change, replace, delay, overlay, and remove them
• Page Numbering in WordPerfect (a page of links to basic information and some page formatting variations)
• The EdgeText macro - place text, date, or filename outside the page margins
• Creating and modifying custom templates
• The Suppress feature
• Delay codes
Some courts (e.g., in California) require a page number at the
bottom of all pages except on Page 1, with a graphic separator line
under it and then the filename or other text under the line.
In WordPerfect the easiest way is to put everything in a footer. (To see footers, headers, etc., on screen be sure to set WordPerfect's View menu to Page and not Draft.)
This presents a small
problem in WordPerfect: When using a normal footer you can't selectively prevent displaying just the page
number (here, just on Page 1) that was inserted in the footer and still leave
the other text and graphics showing. (Note that this also applies to a header; see more here.)
However, you can do it using both footer types (Footer A and Footer B) in the document -- one for the page numbering and the other for the text and graphic line.
☼ Another way is to use just one type of footer (A or B), but creating it is just a bit more involved. See the example in Footnote 1.
☼ You could also modify the WordPerfect legal Pleading document to customize it instead of creating a brand new document. See here.
Note that both types of footers (and
headers, too) are transparent and overlap
the same area on the page when used simultaneously on the same pages.
So a little tweaking is needed to keep them from interfering with each
When you use two footers (or two
headers) one lays on top of the other, so you need to do some spacing
in one or the other (or both) if you want to see or print everything
that is in both structures.
Assume you want something like this in the
footer area -- but with the page number only suppressed on Page 1 and visible on all other pages such as this one:
- 10 -
filename.wpd [or other information]
If so, try this ...
Step 1. Turn normal page numbering OFF (if it's ON).
Since you will be using page numbers inside a footer (and this also applies
to headers) you will want to be sure to turn normal (i.e., standard) page numbering OFF while the cursor is outside the footer in the main document area. Otherwise
you will get duplicate page
numbering on each page -- one from the normal page numbering feature
(which displays in one of the 10 pre-set locations around the page) and
one from the numbering code inside the footer.
To turn normal page numbering off, click in the top of the document (i.e., in the main editing screen's body text area).
Then click on
Format, Page, Numbering. The dialog below opens. Set the Position to "No Page Numbering" and click OK.
Note that if normal page number was not already turned on before
starting with Step 1 then you should not see any new page numbering
format code ([Pg Num Pos]) in Reveal Codes on that page and no page number should be visible.
Performing Step 1 is simply insurance against getting duplicate page numbers.
On the other hand if normal page numbering was turned on for that page, then Step 1 should change the existing [Pg Num Pos] code to [Pg Num Pos: None].
also simply delete the [Pg Num Pos]
code where it appears in Reveal Codes to restore the program to its
default page numbering state of Off (i.e., no page numbers) at that
location. When page numbering is in the Off state the Position list
defaults to "Bottom Center," which will be where numbering will appear
if you don't choose another item from the list and then click OK (or
press Enter). Hence, if you just want to view this dialog without
adding page numbers to the document, be sure to click Cancel to exit
☼ For more on this topic,
including "Page x of y" numbering, see here and the following sections there.]
☼ For a guide to the various aspects of page numbering in WordPerfect see here.
Step 2. Create the first footer.
Insert, Header/Footer, Footer A, Create. This opens a new Footer A, with your cursor inside it.
Step 3. Add a page number code and any other text on that line.
page number code with Format, Page, Insert Page Number; select the type
of numbering and then click Insert, Close. You should see the current page
number displayed and a new format code in Reveal Codes: [Pg Num Disp].
While still in the footer, go to the left
of the page number code (or select it), center justify it with Format, Justification, Center and set any
font/size for it that you want.
You can also add text around the
number, such as hyphens: "-1-". (Note that a smaller font size than the
document body text often looks better here.)
[Alternatively, you could use one of the "Mixing text justification (left-center-right) on the same line" methods here to include some text, the centered page number, and some more text set to flush right -- all on the same line.]
Now, go to the end of the line and press Enter.
This moves the page number up one line on the page by placing a
hard return directly under it.
Click outside the footer to return to
Step 4. Create the second footer.
Click on Insert, Header/Footer, Footer
B, Create. This opens Footer B. Immediately press Enter to move
subsequent text or graphics down a line then insert a
horizontal graphic line with Insert, Line, Horizontal Line. Press Enter following the
graphic line (i.e., at the end of the graphic) to move the insertion
cursor down one more line.
For our example, enter a filename code with
Insert, Other, Filename (or Path and Filename). (These will appear when the document is saved.) Or, enter any other text.
Optional (which can be done later in Step 6):
You can format the filename (or other text) by selecting it and
applying a different font/size or position in the same manner as the
You can adjust the graphic line's thickness and/or space above/below the line by double-clicking on the [Graph Line] code to open the Edit Graphic Lines dialog.
Step 5. Prevent the first footer from appearing on Page 1.
Now (assuming) you want to suppress printing the
page number on page 1:
Click anywhere outside the footer to exit from it. Go to the top of the document and click
Format, Page, Suppress. This opens the Suppress dialog. Check (tick) the box next to "Footer A."
Rationale: You want to suppress the
entire footer that contains the page numbering code you just created
in Step 2 -- i.e., Footer A. It will reappear on page 2 and following pages (if any).
Footer B contains the graphic line and other text or codes (e.g., a
Filename code), and will display on Page 1 and following pages (if any).
[It's important to note that checking "Page Numbering" on the Suppress dialog would suppress
numbering set up by the Format, Page, Numbering feature -- a method which
was not used here -- so you don't need to check that box.]
Step 6. Review and edit if needed.
Check the document to see if it looks
right to you. You might need to add a few page breaks (Ctrl+Enter) if it has just one page.
You may want to adjust the bottom page margin where the footer "sits" if the new
footers are pushing up the body text too much.
To edit a footer just click inside it (or use the Insert menu). For example, if you want to add
some space above and/or below the graphic line in Footer B, you could
add additional hard returns in the footers with the Enter key, or click
the graphic line (select it) and then click Edit, Edit Graphic Line (or just double click on the [Graph Line] code in Reveal Codes)
then adjust the "Space above (or below) line".
If you edit the line, you
may have to make corresponding changes in the spacing of the other
If this works for your purposes you could either -
a macro that would go to the top of the document and create
these structures in the same way as above, whenever you need them; or
(B) create a QuickWord abbreviation from the two Footer codes so that you can quickly and easily insert these custom footers in any document; or
(C) record a style in your template (or the default template)
so you can set up documents by selecting a style; or
(D) you could just
add these structures to a new custom template so that they are always
[From a Sept. 2016 post on WordPerfect Universe here:]
Can you use just one type of footer (A or B)?
A user asked how to create numbered footers but where the first page's
footer is not numbered, and where the second page begins with the
My suggestion was to use a Delay code. The general method can be adapted for other "postpone formatting" situations.
"1. Create your footer (e.g., Insert, Header/Footer, Footer A) at the
top of page 1 with the desired content -- but do not include page
numbering inside the footer or on the main document. Exit from the
footer by clicking in the document.
2. Still on page 1 (just to the right of the new [Footer A] code):
Create a [Delay]
code with Format, Page, Delay Codes, 1, OK. When the Define Delayed
Codes editor opens: On the main WordPerfect menu use Format, Page,
Numbering and for Position set it to No Page Numbering. Then click Set
Value and set the number to "1" (if it's not already 1). Click OK twice
to return to the Delay Codes editor. You should see this code in Reveal
Codes: [Pg Num Set].
3. Still in the Define Delayed Codes editor:
Header/Footer button on the editor's toolbar, and choose the same type
of Footer (A or B) you used on page 1 of the document. Click Create.
You will now be inside the footer. Enter your text, etc., [i.e., the same as in the footer on page 1] and place
the page number code where desired -- e.g., with Format, Line, Flush Right
(on the main menu), then use the Page Numbering icon on the property
bar or Ctrl+p. (Note: The new Footer A will supersede the Footer A on page 1.)
4. Click the Close icon (looks like a yellow folder) on the property
bar to return to the Delay Codes editor. You should now see these
codes: [Pg Num Set][Footer A].
5. Click Close on the editor's toolbar to return to the document.
Important: All of this
presumes you have set the normal page numbering Position to No Page
Numbering (step 2) so that you don't get duplicate page numbers on each
page from page 2 forward."