Start page numbering later in your document

Sometimes you might not want the page numbers shown in your header or footer to be the same as the actual page numbers of the document. Here are three examples of this scenario:

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Remove the page number from the first page

In desktop versions of Word

  1. On the Insert tab, click Header > Edit Header (or Footer > Edit Footer).

  2. On the Header & Footer Tools Design tab, in the Options group, select Different First Page.

    Under Header & Footer tools, on the Design tab, in the Options group, select or clear an option.

    Note: Different first page can be applied to the first page of any section in your document, not just the very first page.

  3. In the header or footer area, you should see a label on the first page that says First Page Header. Select the page number to highlight it and press Delete, or right-click and click Cut.

  4. Click Close Header and Footer or press Esc to exit.

In Word Online

  1. Click Insert > Header & Footer to open the header or footer area.

  2. Click Options on the right side, and then click Different First Page.

    Selecting Different First Page

  3. Click Options again, and then click Remove Page Numbers.

  4. To see your page numbers and confirm deletion of the number from the first page, click View > Reading View.

  5. If all page numbers are deleted, click Insert > Header & Footer, select Other Pages on the left side, click Insert > Page Number, and then choose a number placement.

    Renumbering all but the first page

Start page numbering later in your document

Note: If you're editing a document in a web browser using Word Online, you can't start numbering later in the document. If you have the desktop version of Word, you can make changes to your document in the desktop app by clicking Open in Word. If you don’t have Word, you can try or buy it in the latest version of Office now.

To start page numbering later in your document, you divide the document into sections, unlink the sections, and then insert page numbers. You then choose the page numbering style and choose the starting value for each section.

Tip: You might find it helpful to view not only the contents of your header or footer area, but also the formatting marks in those areas. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, choose Show/Hide (¶) to turn on the display of formatting marks. Choose the button again to turn off the display.

  1. Click the page in the document where you want page numbering to begin. This is where you'll insert a section break.

  2. Click Layout > Breaks > Next Page.

    The break options are shown on the Layout tab.

  3. Double-click in the header or footer area on the first page where you want to display page numbers. This will open the Design tab under Header & Footer Tools.

  4. Click Link to Previous to turn it off and unlink the header or footer from the previous section.

    The Link to Previous option is highlighted in Header & Footer Tools.

    Note:  Headers and footers are linked separately, so if your page number is in the header, turn off linking for headers. If your page number is in the footer, turn off linking for footers.

  5. Click Page Number and then pick a location and a style. For example, click Top of Page and then choose the design you like.

    The Page Number options are shown in a list.

  6. Click Page Number > Format Page Numbers to open the Page Number Format dialog box.

  7. To start numbering with 1, click Start at, and type 1 (otherwise, Word will automatically apply the actual page number).

    The options in the Page Number Format dialog box are shown.

  8. Click OK.

  9. To remove page numbers from the previous section, select any page number in that section to highlight it and press Delete, or right-click and choose Cut. All page numbers in that section will be deleted.

  10. When you’re done, click Close Header and Footer or double-click anywhere outside the header or footer area.

    The Close Header and Footer option is highlighted on the Header and Footer Tools tab.

Start page numbering with a number other than 1

Note: If you're editing a document in a web browser using Word Online, you can't start page numbering with a different number. If you have the desktop version of Word, you can make changes to your document in the desktop app by clicking Open in Word. If you don’t have Word, you can try or buy it in the latest version of Office now.

Use the Page Number Format dialog box to choose a different starting number value for your document.

  1. Double-click in the header or footer area to open the Design tab under Header & Footer Tools.

  2. If you're adding page numbers for the first time, choose Page Number, pick a location, and then choose a style in the gallery.

    To add page numbers, choose the Insert tab, and then select Page Number.
  3. Click Page Number > Format Page Numbers to open the Page Number Format dialog box.

  4. Under Page numbering, choose Start at, type a number that you want to start with, and then choose OK.

    The options in the Page Number Format dialog box are shown.
  5. Choose Close Header and Footer or double-click anywhere outside the header or footer area.

    The Close Header and Footer option is highlighted on the Header and Footer Tools tab.

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