How to get page numbers, headers and footers to work on CreateSpace

So, after what seems to be forever trying to keep formatting from Word 10 to PDF to CreateSpace, I think I can claim success. As I said in an earlier post, I will share what I did to get here.

First, I went through the steps CreateSpace suggests for formatting in Word 10 for a 6X9 book. I will not repeat them here.

I purchased Adobe Acrobat as everyone I could find that successfully formatted in Word to PDF to CreateSpace, used their PDF conversion.

Once I had my Word file looking like I wanted, I began page numbering from page one (my title page), I also added my header for the book on the title page. After I got these things in my file successfully, I regenerated my table of contents. After completing these steps I clicked on Acrobat found on the upper toolbar on Word. It appeared there after I downloaded Adobe Acrobat and installed it. I clicked on Acrobat, then created a PDF file.

Then I went to Adobe Acrobat and uploaded the file I just created in PDF. When the PDF came up, I began on page 1, the title page and deleted the header and page number by clicking on Tools, then Edit Text & Images a box appeared around each paragraph of text. When I put the cursor on the box, blue boxes appeared around the text. I put my cursor on a connecting line between blue boxes, then clicked delete. Repeatedly doing this, I deleted unwanted headers and page numbers on pages 1 to 6. I was left with a properly numbered text with headers in the right place.

Then I uploaded my corrected file to check to see if the headers and page numbers had disappeared once again. They had. So, I went back to my Word 10 file and increased the size of my margins on the top and bottom of the page. Downloaded it as a PDF again, then uploaded it to CreateSpace again. This time everything looked exactly like I wanted.

This is a manual fix for what should be automatic. I don’t know if the CreateSpace folks didn’t vet their instructions or, being business people, left a little out in their instructions, either way, I never could get to a finished book following their instructions.

I hope my work around is helpful to you.

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