In Microsoft Word, how can I begin page numbering after the first
In Microsoft Word, page numbers can begin either at the beginning of
the document or at the beginning of a section. If you want page
numbering to begin at a point past the first page (and have different
or no page numbering before that point), then you'll likely need to
follow a few steps to allow Word to start numbering from that point.
However, if you want to begin page numbering on the second page, there
is a simple trick that allows you to do this. This method is most
helpful for documents or reports with a single title page and
numbering beginning on the next page. Both methods are listed below.
Note: These instructions assume you have no existing
page numbering on the document. Depending on your pagination needs,
existing page numbers may not be a problem, but it is best to back up
your document and then remove all existing page numbers before
following the steps below. Always back up your documents before
making major changes to the formatting.
Page numbers beginning on the second page
To begin page numbering on the second page only, follow these steps:
- Put your cursor on the first page, and from the
Page Numbers... .
- Select the position and alignment you want for the page
- Remove the check from
Show number on first page, and
- Select your desired format, then, at the bottom of the window,
Start at: option and select the number just
below what you want your first page number to be. For example, if you
want the page after the title page to be page 1, then select
0 as the starting page number.
OK twice to return to Word.
Page numbers beginning anyplace after the first page
To begin page numbering anyplace after the first page, follow these
- Determine if you want your page numbering to appear at the top of
the document (header) or at the bottom (footer), and whether you want
it aligned to the left, right, or center.
- Determine where you want your page numbering to begin (e.g., page
4), and place your cursor at the end of the preceding page (e.g., page
- If you are using Word for Windows or Word 98 for Mac
OS, from the
Insert menu, select
Break... . Under "Section break types", select
Continuous, and click
If you are using Word 2001 for Mac OS or Word v.X or 2004 for Mac
OS X, from the
Insert menu, select
Section Break (Continuous).
- Place your cursor on the next page, and from the
Header and Footer. The Header and Footer
toolbar should appear with several icons.
- If you decided the page numbers should appear at the top of the
page, make sure you are in the header. If you want the page numbering
at the bottom, switch into the footer. There is a "Switch Between
Header and Footer" button that makes it easy to toggle back and forth
between header and footer.
Note: In Windows, this is the third icon from the
left of the
Close button. In Mac OS, it is the fourth button
Close button. Holding the mouse pointer over the
icon for a couple of seconds will display "Switch Between Header and
- Once you are in the header (for top page numbering) or in the
footer (for bottom page numbering), find the "Same as Previous" or
"Link to Previous" button on the toolbar. It will have a slightly
different look from the other buttons because it is already
enabled. (Again, you can hold the mouse pointer over the icon to see
the icon's name.)
- Click the
Same as Previous or
Link to Previous
button to disable it. This separates the section's headers or footers
from those above. Then close the Header and Footer toolbar.
- From the
Insert menu, select
Numbers... , and choose your preferred position and
alignment for the page numbers. Make sure to leave
Show number on
first page checked.
Format... , and in the "Page numbering"
Start at: .
- In all versions of Word except Word v.X and 2004
for Mac OS X and Word 2003 for Windows, select the number that comes
just before your desired starting number. In other words, if you want
the page numbering to begin at 1, select
0, or if you want
the first page number to be page 6, select
In Word v.X and 2004 for Mac OS X, and Word 2003 for Windows, select the exact
number you want to be your starting number. These versions of Word
interpret the section break differently than other versions.
OK until you return to the document.
With this last method, you should have no page numbering before your
selected point. You can add page numbers to the first portion later
without harming your custom numbering. Also, to restart or customize
your page numbering at a later section of the document, follow the
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Last modified on November 29, 2004