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In Microsoft Word, if the insertion point is positioned on an odd page and you insert an odd-page section break, a blank page will be generated after the section break. Similarly, if the insertion point is positioned on an even page and you insert an even-page section break, a blank page will be generated after the section break. This behavior occurs because Word for Windows cannot position two odd or two even pages in a row; therefore, it inserts an even or odd page between the pages.
NOTE: These blank pages do not contain headers or footers.
If you insert an odd-page or even-page section break when the insertion point is positioned on an odd/even page, respectively, the resulting blank page will not contain a header or footer. Page number information about the blank page will be displayed in the status bar, and the page will appear as a blank page in print preview; however, you cannot position the insertion point on the blank page in the document.
To place a header or footer on this blank page, insert a manual page break before the section break.
For information, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/68618/EN-US/ )No Footer/Header on Even Page or Odd Page
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/81441/EN-US/ )Different Odd and Even Header/Footer Affects All Sections
"Microsoft Word User's Guide," version 6.0, page 261
"Microsoft Word for the Macintosh User's Guide," version 5.0, page 215
"Microsoft Word for Windows User's Guide," version 2.0, pages 51-52, 246-248
"Microsoft Word for Windows User's Reference," version 1.x, pages 160- 162, 181-182
Article ID: 85392 - Last Review: November 16, 2006 - Revision: 2.3
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