Office & Productivity Software forum

General discussion

Challenge for advanced users - formatting every other page

by pnin / April 2, 2007 5:53 AM PDT

I have a ~100 page document that needs to be formatted for a printer. Every other page has to have different margins to the extent that the "mirror margins" and the "bookfold" settings don't work under Page Setup. Other than inserting section breaks after every page, what's an easy way to do this?

Here's an example of what I need:

All pages 8.5 x 11, letter, portrait
Page 1 - T:1, B:0.8, L:0.6, R:0.6, Gutter: 0.3
Page 2 - T:1, B:0.8, L:0.5, R:0.7, Gutter: 0.4
Page 3 - same as Page 1
Page 4 - same as Page 2
etc...

Any guesses on an automated way to do this? Thanks in advance.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Challenge for advanced users - formatting every other page
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Challenge for advanced users - formatting every other page
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
MS Word is a poor typesetter.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2007 6:30 AM PDT

Just to answer this question I downloaded and install Free Serif's page setting program. It indeed has a DUAL MASTER PAGE feature that could handily solve your issue. Many other DTP softwares also address this need. But Word is not tuned to DTP so you may struggle to get this done and it tends to fly apart at the seams if you select a different printer.

Bob

Collapse -
An idea but not necessarily a solution...
by pnin / April 2, 2007 6:58 AM PDT

Someone (via email) suggested this, and I thought I'd put it out there for anyone searching for a solution. Please continue to offer ideas...

1. Fix the margins how you want them on odd pages (1, 3, 5, etc)
2. Print the document to Adobe PDF selecting ODD PAGES. Save the file.
3. Fix the margins how you want them on even pages.
4. Print the document as a PDF selecting EVEN pages. Save the file.
5. Using Acrobat, combine the two PDFs, interspersing the pages as necessary.

The problem with this method, of course, is that if you change anything, you've got to do these steps all over.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?