Paragraphs Starts Odd Page?

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fde101
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Paragraphs Starts Odd Page?

Post by fde101 »

Hi,

In the paragraph properties there is an option to ensure that the paragraph starts on a new page, or to force a page break before the paragraph.

Is there any way to ensure that it starts on an odd-numbered page?

If not, can that be added as a feature request?


Thank you!

martin
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Re: Paragraphs Starts Odd Page?

Post by martin »

You can't enforce that a paragraph starts on an odd page with formatting or styles. You'll have to instead use an old-fashioned section break, via the menu:

Insert > Section Break > Odd Page

I hope that helps!

fde101
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Re: Paragraphs Starts Odd Page?

Post by fde101 »

Unfortunately I figured it was probably going to be that for now.

Please consider adding this capability to paragraph styles in the future.

Thank you!

adryan
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Re: Paragraphs Starts Odd Page?

Post by adryan »

G’day, fde101 et al

This is a bit trickier than it may at first appear because subsequent addition or removal of text prior to the designated paragraph may need to effect the insertion or deletion of a blank page immediately before the paragraph. This means that any Style would need to have a dynamic element to it. But my understanding is that Styles are essentially static in nature: once applied, they are unaffected by subsequent manipulations of extraneous text.

In the absence of a vigilant intelligent Style, you could instead create a “Start on Odd Page” Style that does nothing except designate a paragraph to be treated thus. You might then find all such Styled paragraphs and apply the treatment to them in some way (such as that suggested by Martin). However, a problem with this approach is that a paragraph can have only one Style applied to it at a time. While it’s possible to use the “Based on” feature of Styles, you might need to create multiple “Start on Odd Page” Styles, depending on how many underlying Styles you need to consider.

An alternative approach would be to mark the paragraph in some (non-Style) way that is easily recognizable and does not conflict with other properties of the paragraph or its contained characters. Possibilities include highlighting, text coloration, insertion of a dummy string of text — these are just examples. At a convenient time, one would employ a macro to find all such marked paragraphs, determine for each the parity of the page number on which it occurs, and insert a preceding Section Break (Odd Page) as appropriate.

Note that a Section Break (Odd Page) does have a dynamic aspect to it, in that the succeeding text will remain on an odd page (albeit not necessarily the original odd page) regardless of subsequent manipulations of the preceding text.

Cheers,
Adrian
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