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I'm trying to following the instructions on the page and I've placed a section break (odd page) on page 3, so that words after page 3 will be displayed on page 5 (the next odd page):

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The problem is that MS Word skips page 4 totally. When I scroll down page 3, it jumps straight to page 5 and I see no page 4:

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The tutorial shows that the skipped pages will have headers/footers intact. However in my case, page 4 is totally blank.

Is there anyway to tell MS Word to include the headers/footers of skipped pages?

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The 'skipped' pages because of section breaks are intentionally left blank. It is how Word is designed. If you want your header/footer and whatnot, add an extra page wherever there is a missing page.

WD2000: Blank Page Is Printed After You Insert Odd Page or Even Page Section Break

This functionality is by design in Microsoft Word. ...

NOTE: The blank page that is inserted contains no header or footer. In addition, it may appear that you are unable to type text on the blank page.

WD: Blank Page After Odd Page or Even Page Section Break from 2006

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.

Blank page is printed after you insert odd page or even page section break from 2007

This functionality is by design in Microsoft Word. When you insert an odd page section break on an odd-numbered page, or an even page section break on an even-numbered page, Word cannot move the following text to the next physical page. Instead, Word moves the text following the section break to the next appropriate odd page or even page of the document. To do this, Word has to insert a blank page after the section break.

NOTE: The blank page that is inserted contains no header or footer. In addition, it may appear that you cannot type text on the blank page.

RESOLUTION

To prevent the blank page from occurring when you view the document in print preview, to allow the page numbers to be printed correctly for each page, and to use the page for additional text in the document, use one of the following methods:

Method 1: Type Text or Press ENTER ...

Method 2: Insert a Page Break ...

These are all old and retired KB articles but the feature does not seem to have changed in recent versions of Word.

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However that would defeat the purpose of having even-or-odd section breaks isn't it? –  Pacerier May 29 '12 at 3:23
    
@Pacerier Yes and no. Mostly yes. I understand why they did it this way, but it seems most people would want it 'your' way. It doesn't behave they way I think most people would expect. –  Ryan Clarke May 29 '12 at 10:31
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