Defining page styles

In Automating the sequence of page styles, we created the page styles for our example book, but we didn’t set up the margins and other formatting for those pages. We’ll do that now.

Example: Default page style

The Default page style is the most common page style used in our book, because all the chapter pages (except the first page of each chapter) use it.

  1. Place the cursor anywhere in a page with the Default page style, right-click, and choose Page (or go to the Page style tab of the Styles and Formatting window, right-click on Default, and choose Modify). Both methods open the Page Style dialog.

    This dialog has 8 tabs; we’ll look at 3 of them: Page, Header, and Footer. (We worked with the Organizer tab of the dialog earlier.

  2. On the Page tab, choose the paper size (Format for your book (or define a custom size by changing the dimensions in the Width and Height boxes). We’ll use a predefined page size, A4.
  3. We want to define facing pages, with the inner margin wider than the outer margin. Because the facing pages will be the same (except for the header or footer), we’ll choose Mirrored for the page layout.

    The Format item under Layout settings refers to the page numbers. For the Default pages, we want to use 1, 2, 3, ….

    Page tab of Page Style dialog

  4. On the Header tab, mark the Header on checkbox. Unmark the Same content left/right checkbox, so we can have different information on the two pages, or put information (such as the page numbers) in different places. Leave the other settings unchanged.
  5. Activate page header

  6. The Footer tab is almost identical to the Header tab. Mark the Footer on checkbox. Unmark the Same content left/right checkbox. Leave the other settings unchanged.
  7. Click OK to save your changes.

You can also define some formatting of the headers and footers here (for example drawing a line above the footer), but we’ll leave that until a later stage.

Example: First Page page style

  1. In the Page Styles tab of the Styles and Formatting window, right-click on First Page and choose Modify.
  2. Modifying a page style

  3. On the Page tab, 1.set the Paper Format (page size) to match the paper format chosen for the Default page (A5 in our example). Set the Page layout to Only right and set the margins as needed. Typically the right margin for the First Page style will be the same as the outer margin for the Default, the left margin will be the same as the inner margin, and the bottom margins will be the same; but you may want to make the top margin larger.
  4. Setting page format and margins

    Setting page format and margins

  5. On the Header tab, make sure the Header on checkbox is not marked. On the Footer tab, mark the Footer on checkbox and unmark the Same content left/right checkbox. Leave the other settings unchanged.
  6. Click OK to save your changes.

That completes the setup of page styles for chapters. Now we’ll look at the front matter: Title page, Copyright page, Table of Contents, and Contents Other. We defined these styles earlier and set up their sequencing using the Organizer tab; now we’ll set the margins and other formatting of these styles.

Example: Title Page style

Title pages usually have no header or footer, although you can use a footer to hold information like the name of the publisher.

  1. On the Page Styles tab of the Styles and Formatting window, right-click on Title Page and choose Modify.
  2. On the Page tab, set the Page layout to Only right and set the margins as needed. The margins for title pages are often quite different from the margins for any other pages in a book.
    Title Page style

    Title Page style

  3. On the Header and Footer tabs, make sure the Header on and Footer On options are not marked—unless, of course, you do want a header or footer!
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Example: Copyright page style

Copyright pages are always left-hand pages, typically have no header or footer, and may have margins that are quite different from the margins of any other page in the book.

  1. On the Page Styles tab of the Styles and Formatting window, right-click on Copyright and choose Modify.
  2. On the Page tab, set the Paper Format (page size) to match the paper format chosen for the Default page (A5 in our example). Set Page layout to Only left and set the margins as needed.
    Copyright page style

    Copyright page style

  3. On the Header and Footer tabs, make sure the Header on and Footer On options are not marked.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Example: Table of Contents page style

This page style is similar to the First page style for the chapters, but it has one major difference: the page numbers are in lower-case Roman numerals.

  1. On the Page Styles tab of the Styles and Formatting window, right-click on Table of Contents and choose Modify.
  2. Define the Table of Contents page style to match the First Page style except for Format in the Layout settings section of the Page tab: choose i, ii, iii, … from the drop-down list.
    Table of contents page style

    Table of contents page style

  3. On the Header tab, make sure the Header on option is not marked. On the Footer tab, mark the Footer on option and unmark the Same content left/right option. Leave the other settings unchanged.

Example: Contents Other page style

  1. On the Page Styles tab of the Styles and Formatting window, right-click on Contents Other and choose Modify.
  2. On the Page tab, make all the settings the same as for the Default page style except for Format in the Layout settings section: here we choose i, ii, iii, … from the drop-down list.
  3. On the Header and Footer tabs, make the settings the same as for the Default page style.
  4. Click OK to save.

Save your work

At this point, be sure to save your document.

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