In late January of 2018, Microsoft released a version of Microsoft Word with a bug that keeps PERRLA from correctly formatting page numbers in APA Research Papers.
When you create a new paper with PERRLA for Word (Mac), we can detect if the bug is triggered. If the page numbering isn't correct for APA, we'll show you a message with instructions on how to fix the page numbers manually
How to fix it
The best solution is to start using our new PERRLA Add-in for Microsoft Word. You can click here to learn more about it.
We've reported the bug to Microsoft and are waiting for them to fix it. In the meantime, manually fixing the page numbers is easy. Once you've created your paper, here's how to do it:
- Double-click the header on the Title page
- Click Page Number in the ribbon
- Then select Page Number from the drop down
- Select: Top of the Page (Header), Right Alignment, and leave Show number on the first page unchecked
That’s counter-intuitive because we want the page number on the first page…but trust us.
- Click OK
You should see the page number correctly aligned in the top right corner. There's just one more thing...because APA requires the title page header to be different from the rest of the paper, you need to repeat this process on the second page of your paper.
Simply scroll down and place your cursor in the Header of the second page. Then, repeat the steps: Page Number, Page Number, Top of the Page (Header), Right Alignment, Show number on the top of the first page is unchecked, and OK. Now the page numbers for your paper are set up perfectly.
If you make any changes to your title page, you’ll need to do this again so we recommend adding the page numbers after you have given your paper it’s final Title.
As soon as Microsoft fixes their bug and pushes out a new update, you will no longer see the message for incorrect page numbers. We’ll also push out a news message to confirm that Microsoft has fixed the problem.
If you have any questions about this, contact our Customer Support team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.