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How to Duplicate a Page in Word

May 14, 2024
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As writers and editors, we often encounter the need to duplicate pages in Word while editing documents. While copy and paste suffice for most tasks, duplicating a page can be a more efficient solution in certain scenarios. In this guide, I'll share my insights and techniques on how to duplicate a page in Word effectively, addressing common challenges and providing expert tips for seamless document manipulation.

What is the difference between duplicate and copy?

duplicate and copy


In Microsoft Word, the difference between duplicating and copying is straightforward.

Copy: When you copy something in Word, you're selecting specific content—like text, images, or tables—and making a duplicate of it elsewhere in your document or in a different file. It's like taking a photo of a specific part of a page and pasting it somewhere else. You get an identical copy of that selected content, but it's detached from the original.

Duplicate: Duplicating, on the other hand, is like making an exact photocopy of an entire page in Word. When you duplicate a page, you're reproducing everything on it—text, images, formatting, headers, footers, and more—creating an identical twin. It's useful when you want to replicate an entire page's layout and design without missing anything.

In essence, copying is about selecting and replicating specific bits, while duplicating mirrors an entire page, preserving its layout and structure intact.

How to duplicate a page in Word with copying and pasting

Duplicating a page in Microsoft Word using the copy and paste method is a straightforward process that can be accomplished within the same document or across different documents. Let's walk through each scenario step by step, including how to duplicate a page with headers and footers intact.

How to Duplicate a Page in the Same Document?

Step 1: Select Content: Locate the page you want to duplicate within your Word document.

Select Content


Step 2: Highlight Page: Use your cursor to select all content on the page, including text, images, and any other elements.

Step 3: Copy Content: Right-click on the selected content and choose "Copy" or press "Ctrl + C" to copy it.

Copy and Paste Content


Step 4: Navigate to Destination: Scroll to where you want to duplicate the page.

Step 5: Paste Content: Right-click at the chosen spot and select "Paste" or press "Ctrl + V" to paste the copied content. Your duplicated page will now appear.

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How to Duplicate a Page to Another Document?

Step 1: Select Content: Follow steps 1 to 3 to copy the content of the page.

Step 2: Open Target Document: Open the document where you want to paste the duplicated page.

Step 3: Navigate to Destination: Scroll to where you want to insert the duplicated page.

Step 4: Paste Content: Right-click at the chosen spot and select "Paste" or press "Ctrl + V" to paste. The duplicated page will now be inserted.

Paste Content

How to Duplicate a Page with Header and Footer?

Step 1: Select Content: As before, select all content on the page including the header and footer.

the header and footer


Step 2: Copy Content: Right-click and choose "Copy" or press "Ctrl + C".

Step 3: Navigate to Destination: Go to where you want to duplicate the page.

Step 4: Paste Content: Right-click and select "Paste" or press "Ctrl + V". Your duplicated page, complete with header and footer, will now be replicated.

Paste Content

How to duplicate a page in Word Using Macro

In the previous sections, we explored various methods to duplicate a page in Microsoft Word manually. Now, let’s delve into a more advanced technique: using macros. Macros are automated sequences of commands that can streamline repetitive tasks, making them ideal for duplicating pages efficiently. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create and utilize a macro to duplicate a page in Word.

Step 1: Enable the Developer Tab Before we begin, ensure that the Developer tab is enabled in Word. To do this, go to File > Options > Customize Ribbon. Check the box next to "Developer" in the right-hand panel, then click "OK."

Enable the Developer Tab


Step 2: Open the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Editor Once the Developer tab is visible, click on it, and then click on "Visual Basic" to open the VBA Editor.

(VBA) Editor


Step 3: Create a New Macro In the VBA Editor, navigate to Insert > Module to create a new module. This is where we'll write our macro code.

Create a New Macro


Step 4: Write the Macro Code Copy and paste the following macro code into the module window:

Sub DuplicatePage()

Selection.WholeStory

Selection.Copy

Selection.EndKey Unit:=wdStory

Selection.Paste

End Sub

This code selects the entire document, copies it, and then pastes it at the end, effectively duplicating the entire content.

Step 5: Save and Close the VBA Editor After writing the macro code, close the VBA Editor and return to your Word document.

Write the Macro Code


Step 6: Assign a Shortcut Key (Optional) To make using the macro even more convenient, you can assign a shortcut key to it. Go to the Developer tab, click on "Macros," select "DuplicatePage," and then click on "Options." Here, you can choose a shortcut key combination to execute the macro quickly.

Step 7: Test the Macro With everything set up, it's time to test the macro. Navigate to the page you want to duplicate, then run the macro either by clicking on it in the Developer tab or using the assigned shortcut key.

Test the Macro


Step 8: Verify the Duplicate Page Once the macro is executed, scroll down to the end of your document to find the duplicated page. Ensure that the content is copied accurately and the formatting is preserved.

Step 9: Adjust Macro Code (Optional) Depending on your specific requirements, you may need to modify the macro code. For example, you can tweak it to duplicate only selected portions of the document or to include additional formatting adjustments.

Step 10: Save Your Document After duplicating the page successfully, remember to save your document to retain the changes.

By following these steps, you can harness the power of macros to streamline the process of duplicating pages in Microsoft Word, saving you time and effort in your document editing tasks. Experiment with different variations of the macro code to tailor it to your unique needs and enhance your productivity further.

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FAQs

How to Copy Pages in Word:

Step 1: Navigate to Page: Open your Word document and scroll to the page you want to copy.

Step 2: Select Content: Click and drag your mouse cursor to select all content on the page, including text, images, and any other elements.

Step 3: Copy Content: Right-click on the selected content and choose "Copy" from the context menu, or press "Ctrl + C" on your keyboard to copy the content.

Step 4: Paste Content: Move to the desired location within your document where you want to paste the copied page. Right-click at the chosen spot and select "Paste" from the context menu, or press "Ctrl + V" on your keyboard to paste the copied content. The duplicated page will now appear in your document.

How to Add a Page in Word:

Step 1: Insert Page Break: Place your cursor at the end of the page preceding where you want to add a new page.

Step 2: Navigate to Insert Tab: Click on the "Insert" tab in the top menu bar.

Step 3: Choose Page Break: In the "Pages" group, select "Page Break." Alternatively, you can press "Ctrl + Enter" on your keyboard to insert a page break.

Choose Page Break


Step 4: Verify Insertion: A new blank page will be inserted into your document at the cursor position, effectively adding a new page.

By following these steps, you can easily copy existing pages in your Word document or add new pages as needed to tailor your document to your requirements.

Summary

In this comprehensive guide, we've explored various methods for duplicating pages in Word, ranging from basic copy and paste techniques to advanced macro automation. Whether you're a novice user or a seasoned professional, mastering these techniques will empower you to manipulate documents with ease and efficiency. And remember, with WPS Office by your side, you have a powerful ally in your quest for productivity and creativity.


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