Chapter 9 About Office documents

9.1 Word Sections

By default, the layout options of a Word file (orientation, margins, organization in columns, headers and footers, etc.) affect all the pages of a document.

You may find it useful to combine several different layouts at the same time within the same document. To be able to carry out this complex layout, Word provides its users with a tool: the sections. These large sets of pages occupy the highest hierarchical level in the organization of your document, and allow you to define, for a defined part of your document, specific layout parameters.

A section is a grouping of blocks (ie. paragraphs and tables) that have a set of properties that define pages on which contents will appear. Section properties object stores information about page composition, such as page size, page orientation, borders and margins.

A section affects preceding paragraphs or tables:

  • a section starts at the end of the previous section (or the beginning of the document if no preceding section exists)
  • it stops where the section is declared.

9.2 What is a Word sequence identifier?

When using Word, you can add a list of figures or tables (go to the “References” tab and select “Insert Table of Figures”). By default, you won’t see your sequence in the menu because Word is storing locally 3 sequence names in your profile (for tables, figures and equation). You can change tab.lp to Tabelle (or Tableau) and benefit from the feature manually in Word (see ?officedown::rdocx_document).