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Microsoft Word formatting question

post #1 of 7
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I am at my wit's end with how the architect wants to format this specification!!!

They want line numbers down both sides of the text. I know how to get line numbers in the document - that's not what they want. It looks like this:

01 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 01
02 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 02
03 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 03
04 ..................................................... 04 (those are supposed to be an empty line, like between paragraphs)
05 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 05


In the sample document they sent, they have the numbers as part of the header, with the header extending all the way down to the footer.

Try as I might, I just cannot figure out how to make this work. And I consider myself fairly well-versed in Word, but this has me stumped. Oh yeah, we have Word 97 at work but I tried it at home with Word 2007 and I still can't do it.

Can anyone help?
post #2 of 7
Does this help?

post #3 of 7
What if you make a table 3 columns wide, and have the left and right column really narrow with just line numbers, then you can put text in the middle column? Then you could make the table lines white so you can't actually see them and it should look like how they want.
post #4 of 7
If you can e-mail me the document I'll try to see. I do better actually looking at the document. Not sure I've ever done that before though...
post #5 of 7
According to my dummies book:

Switch to print layout view.
Select what you want to add line numbers to:

On the File menu, click Page Setup, and then click the Layout tab.

If you're adding line numbers to part of a document, click Selected text in the Apply to box.

Microsoft Word will add page breaks before and after the selected text.

Click Line Numbers.

Select the Add line numbering check box, and then select the options you want.
It doesn't say if that works on both sides though and I can't see an option for it
post #6 of 7
I would just use a table as suggested by another member above, with 3 columns. I don't know for certain but I don't think you can have it automatically number on both sides - I would think that would have to be done manually. Anyway, that is how I would do it and set the table for "no borders" so that the lines wouldn't show if you don't want it to look like a table.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the idea - I may try that.

See, I know there's a way to do this because they sent me the file that has it done. I just can't figure out how. I've had to deal with this format before and I used a Text Box as a watermark (only at full opacity) in the header. It worked - kinda. The numbers didn't really line up with the text right. Granted, the architect didn't complain about it, but still - I just hate that I can't figure out how to do it right and make it work like they did.

I think for tomorrow, since it's just a Design Development set (about 50%), I'm just going to use the automatic line numbering on the left side and call it good. It's due at noon, and I won't get the last section until the morning to edit.
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