How to Start Section on the Odd-Page?

This tutorial will talk you through the following:

  • How to organize data
  • How to Start a Section on an odd numbered-page

Let's get started

Save the "Step 4" example to your local hard drive. In our case we have used "S:\" disk 

Figure 1

In the Step 4 we have added a few more files to our example. You will right away notice the difference between the Step 3 and Step 4 example data, instead of having all the files in one folder, we have decided to organize them slightly.

File\ Folder


Budget book file. The main file for this tutorial


The folder where we have stored all reports and exhibits


The folder where we have stored narratives


For your convenience, we have provided the original  City of Dallas Texas - 2003 Budget In Brief document so you can compare.


In this folder we have organized the header, footer and TOC templates and cover pages

Please check out the Organize Budget Data article for more information. 


Odd or Even? 

Now, let's come back to odd and even pages. There are cases when you would like to have each new section of your budget book printed on an odd page. It is a convenient feature when you are printing two-sided pages.

To achieve this behavior, you will need to specify the StartOnOddPage attribute for a selected section. In this case, the respective section will start on an odd page and the preceding blank page will contain no header and no footer. file already have all odd-page attributes specified:


    <Section  Name="City of Dallas City Council"
              NodePath="Naratives\City of Dallas City Council.docx"
              FooterPath="Templates\Footer - Page Numbers.docx"/>
    <!--This is Table Of Contents section -->
    <Section  Name="TOC"
              NodePath="Templates\Table Of Contents Template A.docx"
              FooterPath="Templates\Footer - Page Numbers.docx"/>
    <!--Following section included in to TOC -->
    <Section  Name="City Manager Letter"
              NodePath="Naratives\City Manager Letter.docx"
              FooterPath="Templates\Footer - Page Numbers.docx"/>


Let's try it:

  1. Start the Budget In Brief application. Go through the Step 1 Tutorial if you need help on how to do that.
  2. Select "S:\Step 4\" and click "Create Document" button.

Figure 2


  1. Open the newly created budget document "City of Dallas Texas Budget In Brief.docx".
  2. Navigate to the TOC page. You will find that the page number is an odd number.

Figure 3

  1. The TOC Entries will be populated automatically.
  2. You will find that all sections are now starting on odd-pages.

Figure 4


  1. Check out the Capital Improvements and Expenditures section.

Figure 5

Figure 5-a


  1. Of course, you may try to print the document to verify.
    But certainly, we are sure you would like to save a few trees. 
  2. Click on the File tab.
  3. Select Print option.
  4. Go to the Print Preview mode.
  5. You will find that when one section ends on an even page, the next one simply just starts on the following odd page.

Figure 6


  1. In some cases when a prior section ends on an odd page, a blank page is inserted and the next section will start on an odd page as it should:

Figure 7

Note: The StartOnOddPage attribute will work as described above, if the prior section has an explicitly specified PageBreakAfter attribute.


Thank you again

Big thank you to the City of Dallas Texas! You can find the original City of Dallas Texas - 2003 Budget In Brief document in the Originals folder, in our case it is "S:\Step 1\Originals". You may also visit City of Dallas budget page at this URL:

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