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Old 07-29-2019, 07:53 AM
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Hi,

I have a document footer with text on the left side and page # on the right. I didn't create the document, but edited it and now I can't access the text? The page number is no problem, but if I select the left side on the footer, I can type, but it ends up going behind the existing text and I can't select it.

Page 1 is a different footer (blank) and that doesn't have the text.

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Old 07-29-2019, 12:04 PM
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Hi,

I have a document footer with text on the left side and page # on the right. I didn't create the document, but edited it and now I can't access the text? The page number is no problem, but if I select the left side on the footer, I can type, but it ends up going behind the existing text and I can't select it.

Page 1 is a different footer (blank) and that doesn't have the text.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!
"I have a document footer with text on the left side and page # on the right." Do you mean the left side and right side of the same page, or different footers on odd and even pages?

I work with other people's documents, and sometimes I get results that yield a 'hidden' footer from an old report that doesn't display or print but is nonetheless embedded in old information. I have Office 2010 for Windows at work. I'm not sure what version you have or whether the controls for footers appear any different. But from my perspective I'd suggest:

1) you select "Show" (the paragraph symbol on the home ribbon) to see all the formatting marks, etc.

2) you see once you click into the footer area whether there are a bunch of section breaks with different footers for each, or at least some, sections, causing one page to have the footer and the next or previous to not have it.

3) You look on the Design tab which should display in the ribbon when you're actually in the footer real estate on-screen... and see if "Different First Page" is checked, also if "Different Odd & Even Pages" is checked. To find my hidden footer, I tend to uncheck the Different Odd and Even thing, then it shows up on the next page and I can then remove it more readily.

4) Also, with the format characters displayed, and also making sure you're in View/Print Layout viewing, you can see if for some reason there are bunch of line or paragraph breaks pushing the footer off the visible portion of the pane.
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The footer may contain an image or text box which is in front of the text you are typing/editing. Could you show us a screen shot of what you see after you have activated the header/footer view? Alternatively, upload an example document in Word format.
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As it turned out, the text I wanted to adjust wasn’t in the ms word footer section even though it appeared there. So I eventually shrunk the footer section temporarily, was able to click on the text and change it then re-adjusted the footer settings again and it turned out the way I wanted it. I guess I could have just deleted that tract and put it in the footer section now that I think about.

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Thanks for the follow-up.
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These kind of issues are common when you try to add images and text on both sides of the footer i.e left & right. Try executing one side at a time.
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