Page numbering & order

22 Mar

In order to make your book look as professional as possible, keep in mind these rules-of-thumb:

Depending on what type of book you’re writing, you may or may not need some of these sections. If this is the case, just leave them out.

  • The title page should be the first page of your book (a right hand page)

  • The dedication, foreword, introduction, etc. should all be on right hand pages (odd-numbered pages)
  • Each new chapter or section should start on a right hand page (an odd-numbered page).

You can push these sections to the correct pages by including blank pages in your document. Don’t do this by hitting “enter” or “return” until the text shifts to the next page; instead, select insert and choose blank page or page break.

As for numbering your pages, the easiest way to avoid confusion is to center the numbers at the bottom of the page.


However, left- and right-aligned page numbers can look more professional depending on what type of book you’re creating and can be added easily if you keep a few things in mind.

  • You want to make sure that you select different odd & even pages when editing your header or footer. (Find this toolbar by double-clicking on the bottom section of any page in your document). After selecting this, you can edit the odd and even page numbers separately.


Otherwise, left- or right-aligned numbers will get stuck in the gutter (where the book is bound together) on half of your pages.

  • Odd-numbered pages should always be on the right. This means that odd numbers should appear on the right corner of the page.
  • Even-numbered pages are always on the left. Page numbers should appear on the left corner.


Keep these basic page numbering tips in mind to create a professional and visually appealing book!

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