The following menu choices refer to
the <WordPerfect> menu (right-click on
the top menu bar for a choice of menus). If you use a <Microsoft
Word> menu, the choices might be absent from your menu (but not from
the program), or they might be found under another menu selection. See here for more.
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.
[For more on Delay codes see the left sidebar.]
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).
9 and earlier -
In the Page Setup dialog that appears, set new margins or accept the
default of 1" for all margins, then click OK, then go to Step 4 below.
10 and later -
If you have
not changed any margins on page 1 but
you want to ensure that margins are always set back to the 1" default
on any second or subsequent page, follow
the instructions below.
If you have
changed any margins to a new value on page 1 you should not need
these instructions (but please read them before going to Step 4).
(a) In the Page
Setup dialog that appears, change any
of the margin settings a small amount, then click OK to close Page
Setup. [This will insert all
four margin codes in the Reveal Codes window of the Define Delay Codes
(b) Then open
Page Setup again, and change the margin settings back to your default
(e.g., 1") or to some other setting. Click OK
to close Page Setup and return to the Define Delayed Codes window.
This extra step
of changing margins a small amount in Define Delay Codes,
resetting them to the desired amount, is a workaround for a small
change in WP10 and later versions. In WP9 and earlier versions the
program would insert the four margin codes -- with a default 1" setting
-- by simply clicking OK in Page Setup. If you just click OK in WP10+
to try and insert default margin settings, nothing happens: no codes
are inserted because these newer versions remove certain "superfluous" codes in the main document.
(This trick also works for custom styles: see Footnote 1.]
Click Close to exit
from the Define Delay Codes window. You should now be back in the main
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 from the page where it is defined.
Step 1. Open
Reveal Codes, and in the main document area select just the new [Delay]
code (this is most easily done with <Shift+arrow>), and cut it to
the clipboard with <Ctrl+X>.
codes are actually made up of two codes: the first [Delay] code
(usually located at the top of the document) tells WordPerfect what to
do; the second [Delay Codes] code appears on the (delayed) page and
tells WordPerfect to start doing it.
¤ You can double-click the first
code of the pair to open the Define Delay Codes window; if Reveal Codes
is open you can see what is inside the [Delay] code, which acts as a
sort of container for other codes (and, sometimes, text or other
things, such as styles).
¤ The second code of the pair ([Delay Codes]) is
¤ Finally, like all paired WordPerfect format codes, if
you delete one code, the other is also deleted.
Hiding a [Delay] code only hides the first
part of the code pair. The second part (the [Delay Codes] code) will be
present in the document at the location prescribed by the delay
procedure. Hence it can still be accidentally deleted, thereby deleting both parts of the pair! If this is a possibility with (e.g.) a Header or Footer you wish to delay
to page 2, consider using the Suppress feature
on page 1 instead of delaying the appearance of the Header or Footer until page 2.
resulting [Suppress] code can cut and pasted into the [Open Style] code after the
[Header] code, as outlined in the steps below. Neither code is a paired
code, so they won't have any presence in the body text area once you
Double-click the initial [Open Style: DocumentStyle] code at
the very top of the document; this opens the Style Editor for the
Step 3. Paste
the [Delay Code] into the Styles Editor's Contents field, then
¤ Just remember to look inside the initial
style code if you need to revise or delete the [Delay] code!
¤ You can use more than one Delay code in
the document's initial style.
¤ Caution: Do not try to create a [Delay] code for a Header, Footer,
or Watermark directly inside the document's (or template's)
initial style's Styles Editor by using the menu in the Styles Editor
dialog, or the program may "hang" on you under some conditions.
Instead, either cut the [Delay] code from the document and
paste into the Style Editor as explained above, or copy an
existing [Delay] code from another document and paste it into the
¤ Macro writers: You can easily incorporate formatting codes inside a
document's (or template's) initial style with a macro. See here for an example.