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I have a word document with an appendix. I have some large figures in the appendix, so I would like to increase the margins to get as much space as possible. However, when I do that, it forces a new section and restarts page numbering. When I edit the header and select "Link to Previous" in an attempt to at least continue page numbers, it changes all the previous pages to have the smaller margins. Deleting the section break has similar effects.

Could it possibly have something to do with headings (not page headers) tied to a table of contents? That is the only thing I can think of - I've been able to modify the margins of a single page in other test documents without affecting sections.

Looking at these screenshots, could anyone explain why Word is behaving like this, and how to make it not.

  • I can't reproduce this. There is something about the document that you're not describing in your question. – Jeff Zeitlin Apr 19 '18 at 17:38
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Word margins are an attribute of a section, you can't have different margins for pages within the same section (except for the gutter). See https://www.asaporg.com/category/office-and-digital-technologies/understanding-sections-in-microsoft-word As a result, you have to have a section break that starts a new page.

Perhaps you could try not changing the margins but rather expanding the indentation of the paragraphs (indentation is an attribute of a paragraph, and can be negative; with indentations you can have text outside the page "margins"). That would give more room on your pages for text, but without having to mess with the margins.

Even with a new section, page numbers should continue unless you've explicitly set them to restart. Try putting your cursor in the header by the page number, and going to the Insert Tab > Header & Footer > Page Number > Format Page Numbers .... From there, make sure that "Continue from previous section" is selected instead of "Start At: ___".

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