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How can I add page numbers to my document? When I try to select the menu entry, it is greyed out. Why?



  • Seitenzahl(en): Page number(s)
  • Seitenanfang: Page begin
  • Seitenende: Page end
  • Seitenränder: Page margins
  • Auswahl als Seitenzahl (oben) speichern: Save selection (above) as page number
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I usually put them in the header or footer. Where are your cursor? – jtheman Jun 20 '13 at 12:28
Aren't they always in the header or footer? I didn't knew something else is possible. Also, I tried to set the cursor both in the normal text and in the footer but that doesn't make a difference, the menu entry is still greyed out. – Albert Jun 20 '13 at 12:51
Is it greyed out in a New, Blank document before any changes to that? – pnuts Jun 20 '13 at 13:12
Can you please tell us what “Auswahl als Seitenzahl (ober) speichern” means (in English)? Also, what menus do you get for “Seitenende”, “Seitenränder”, and “Seitenzahlen”? – Scott Jun 20 '13 at 17:17
@Scott Only my guess but maybe (in same order) the German equivalents of: Save Selection as Page Number (Bottom), Save Selection as page Number (Margin), Save Selection to Page Number Gallery… and possibly all greyed out without examples. – pnuts Jun 29 '13 at 20:13
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It seems you do not have some templating information, but that should not prevent addition of a page number as below:

Insert > Text > Quick Parts, Field, Page, OK.

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Is it really that complicated to add page numbers? I expected that there is some option I just enable like "enable page numbers". Is that the standard way? – Albert Jun 20 '13 at 12:52
I agree what you were trying to do is simpler, and works for me, but since not for you I offered an alternative. (This is effectively what I normally use - because almost always when I need page numbers I need a lot else also so just clone an existing file, originally set up as my answer but with other Quick Parts also, and amend that file to suit.) I think the greying out should be 'addressed' but I don't have an answer for that so was offering something that might 'tide you over'. – pnuts Jun 20 '13 at 13:03
I was just curious. – Albert Jun 20 '13 at 13:38
@Albert TQ. Curious is good (SU is about learning!) But though I seem to have provided a 'fix' it does not resolve the 'grey' so I'd suggest you remove (if only temporarily!) the green tick so as not to discourage others from dealing with the underlying issue. I suspect it may be connected with your so a response to my comment to your question might be relevant. – pnuts Jun 20 '13 at 13:45

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