Working with Sections in a long QuarkXPress document can be tricky. Here are some helpful tips:
Changing the page numbering scheme is probably the best reason to use Sections. To begin a new Section using the current page, choose Page> Section. This lets you begin page numbering with any number (for example, 256 instead of 1, or 1 instead of xvii), and in your choice of number styles — Arabic, Roman, etc.
Always keep the Document Layout or Page Layout palette open (View> Show Document Layout or Window> Page Layout). This will show you each page’s page number as assigned by its Section.
To print a page in a Section, you must enter its Section page number in the Print dialog.
When you want to print a page using its absolute page number instead of the page number assigned by its Section, add a Plus (+) symbol before the page number in the Print dialog box. For example, to print the fifth page of the document, type +5 instead of whatever number it has in the Section.
To find out a page’s absolute page number, Option-click its page icon in the Document Layout or Page Layout palette. The page’s absolute page number will appear at the bottom of the palette. For example, the fifth page of the document will appear as “+5.”
To display the total page count of a multi-sectioned document, click outside a page icon in the Document Layout or Page Layout palette. The total page count will appear at the bottom of the palette.
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