Remove page numbers

You can quickly remove (delete) page numbers in a document header or footer—even in a header or footer that contains additional content such as a company logo or a document title.

What would you like to do?

If your document has a header or footer that doesn't use a different first page or different odd and even pages, you can quickly remove all page numbers.

  • On the Insert tab, in the Header & Footer group, choose Page Number, and then choose Remove Page Numbers.

    Choose Insert tab, and in the Header and Footer group, choose Page Number, and then Remove Page Numbers.

If you created a different first page in your document, you can remove the page number on that page without deleting other content such as an image or a copyright notice. You can verify you're using a different first page in your document by viewing option settings.

To confirm you're using a different first page

  1. On the Insert tab, choose Header > Edit Header, and in the Options group, check the selected settings.

    Note: The image shows that a Different First Page is being used because the check box is selected.

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

  2. Choose Close Header and Footer to exit.

To delete a page number on the first page

Tip: You might find it helpful to see the First Page Header label and First Page Footer label. 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. On the first page of your document, open the header (top of page) area or the footer (bottom of page) area where the page number is located.

  2. Select the page number and when it's highlighted, press Delete or right-click and choose Cut.

  3. Choose Close Header and Footer or press Esc to exit.

Many documents are purposely divided into sections—like parts or chapters in a report or a book. Each section might have a different header or footer with different page numbers. You can't use the Remove Page Numbers option in the Header & Footer group to remove page numbers in sections. You can, however, manually remove a page number as you would a page number on a first page. It's more common to reset than remove page numbers in a section.

In Word, page numbers are fields that are inserted into the header or footer areas of a document. Microsoft Office Word 2007 removes, or deletes, the page number fields when you choose Remove Page Numbers.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Header & Footer group, choose Page Number.

    Word Ribbon Image

  2. Choose Remove Page Numbers.

    Important: If Remove Page Numbers doesn't appear to work, try double-clicking in the header or footer area, selecting the page number and pressing Delete.

Tips

  • If you added page numbers by using an earlier version of Word by choosing Current Position in the Page Number gallery, or by selecting a predesigned header or footer that includes content in addition to the page number, the Remove Page Numbers command doesn't work. Instead, double-click in the header or footer area, and delete the page number.

  • If you created different first-page or odd-and-even page headers or footers, be sure to remove the page numbers from each different header or footer.

  • If you created sections within your document, and the sections are not linked, you may need to remove the page numbers from each section separately.

Learn more about working with page numbers

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