Add different page numbers or number formats to different sections

Let's say you want to use different page numbers or number formats and styles in different parts of your document, such as i, ii, iii…for the introduction and table of contents and 1, 2, 3… for everything after. The trick is to divide the document into sections and to make sure those sections aren’t linked.

  1. Click or tap at the very beginning of the first page where you want to start, stop, or change the page numbering.

  2. Under Page Layout, in the Page Setup group, click Breaks > Next Page.

    The break options are shown on the Layout tab.
  3. On the page after the section break, double-click the header or footer area to open the Design tab under Header & Footer Tools.

  4. In the Navigation group, click Link to Previous to turn it off.

    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. In the Header & Footer group, click Page Number and then pick a location and a style.

    To add page numbers, choose the Insert tab, and then select Page Number.
  6. To choose a format or to control the starting number, in the Header & Footer group, click Page Number > Format Page Numbers.

  7. Click the Number format or the Start at number that you want to use, and then click OK.

    Change numbering format and starting number in Page Number Format.
  8. When you’re done, double-click anywhere outside the header or footer area to close it, or click the Close Header and Footer button.

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

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