Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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You can change a cover page at any time by choosing a new one from the Cover Page menu. The
new cover page retains any replacement text you typed.
To remove a cover page, follow Steps 1 and 2, but choose the item Remove Current Cover Page
from the Cover Page menu. The cover page that Word inserted is removed.
The Cover Page menu doesn’t create a new section in your document. Even so, it’s treated
differently from certain page formatting commands applied to the rest of the document. That
means if you add page numbers or a header or footer to your document, that formatting applies
to only the second and later pages, not to the cover page.
Leaving the bracketed text on the title page is tacky. Your boss doesn’t want to see a
report that has [Company Name] on it rather than your organization’s name.
Making a cover page manually
Word’s Cover Page command is quick, but I’m not really satisfied with any of its designs. I prefer
instead to craft my own cover page, spiffing it up with formatting commands, graphics, artwork, and
other goodies, as described throughout this topic.
The best way to roll your own cover page is to follow Example 2 from Figure 14-1 . Here are the
general steps to take:
1. Before writing the cover page, position the toothpick cursor at the tippy-top of the
This step applies whether you’ve written the document or not. If you’ve already written the cover
page, position the toothpick cursor at the end of the page. And if you’ve put in a hard page break
after the cover page, delete it.
2. Create a new, Next Page section break in your document.
The document now has two sections, and the first page is its own section.
3. Create the cover page.
Add a title, additional text, graphics, and various document froufrou.
4. On the second page, at the start of the new section, set the page numbering for the rest of
the document.
Refer to the first set of steps in the earlier section, “Using sections,” for the specifics of setting
pages numbering for a section.
Because the cover page is its own section, the page numbering you apply to the second section
doesn’t affect the cover page. If you want the cover page numbered, dispense with sections and use a
hard page break instead. Number the entire document, as described in Chapter 13 .
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