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[Microsoft Word] How to tame chapters in header/footer and equation numbering.

My wife assigned me a homework: fix the style of her PhD thesis, in Word 2003. I haven’t use word for years, but people say that word is the easiest and powerful word processor on earth, so according to them, I should encounter neither trouble nor inconvenience.

My first trouble is the setting a running header of her thesis, specifically, the header should be like:

Chapter 1 Introduction

But this simple thing cannot be solved easily. According to MS Office online, I should:

  1. Put every chapters into their sections.
  2. Goto the section with the first chapter
  3. View -> Header and Footer.
  4. Insert chapter text with cross reference.
  5. Press “Show next”, and repeat step 4.

Wait, does that mean I need to repeat these steps on every chapter, MANUALLY?

The second problem also involves chapter: equation numbering. I can just use SEQ if what my wife want is a plain serial number. But she demands that equation sequence should be number as (chapter.seq_in_chapter). It is quite unintuitive to insert a variable which reflect the current chapter number.

Finally I played a bit with STYLEREF and finally got what I need.
To sum up:

  • If you want chapter text, insert -> field,
    select field name: STYLEREF, field property: Headering 1
    then press ok.
  • If you want chapter number and label, (such as “Chapter 1”),
    proceed the previous instruction and
    check “insert paragraph number”.
  • If you want only the chapter number, (such as “1”),
    proceed the previous instruction and
    check “suppress all non-delimiter characters”.

Well, obviously Microsoft thinks Chapter is a kind of paragraph; and numbers are delimiter characters. 😛


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