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How To Create Two Background Pages in Publisher 98

A Microsoft Publisher 98 Tutorial


What many programs call Master Pages, Microsoft Publisher 98 calls Background pages. For two-sided printing or two-page spreads it is often helpful to have separate background pages for left and right pages.

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Difficulty: Average

Time Required: NA

Here's How:

  1. Choose Arrange | Layout Guides.
  2. Check the box for Create Two Backgrounds with Mirrored Guides.
  3. You can apply separate or mirrored items, such as page numbers to each background page independently.


  1. When using two background pages if you want page numbers on all pages you must insert page number markers on both background pages.
  2. When placing page numbers on two-page spreads it is usually best to not place the page numbers on the inside edges.

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