When using MS Word page numbers can help readers find information more easily. Learn how to use page numbers in Word.
Page numbers can be used to automatically number each page in your document. They come in a wide range of number formats and can be customized to suit your needs. Page numbers are usually placed in the header, footer, or side margin. When you need to number some pages differently, Word allows you to restart page numbering.
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Watch the video below to learn more about page numbers in Word.
Word can automatically label each page with a page number and place it in a header, footer, or side margin. If you have an existing header or footer, it will be removed and replaced with the page number.
If you've created a page number in the side margin, it's still considered part of the header or footer. You won't be able to select the page number unless the header or footer is selected.
If you already have a header or footer and you want to add a page number to it, Word has an option to automatically insert the page number into the existing header or footer. In our example, we'll add page numbering to our document's header.
In some documents, you may not want the first page to show the page number. You can hide the first page number without affecting the rest of the pages.
If you're unable to select Different First Page, it may be because an object within the header or footer is selected. Click in an empty area within the header or footer to make sure nothing is selected.
Word allows you to restart page numbering on any page of your document. You can do this by inserting a section break and selecting the number you want to restart the numbering with. In our example, we'll restart the page numbering for our document's Works Cited section.
To learn more about adding section breaks to your document, visit our lesson on Breaks.