Start page numbering later in your document in Word 2016 for Mac

Sometimes you don't want the page numbers shown in your header or footer to be the same as the actual page numbers. For example, if the first page is a cover page and the second page is a table of contents, you might want the third page to show “Page 1.”

To start page numbering later in your document, first divide the document into sections, unlink the sections, and then insert page numbers.

  1. Click in the document where you want to insert a section break.

  2. Click Layout > Breaks > Next Page.
    On the Layout tab, Next Page is highlighted

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

  4. Click Link to Previous to turn it off and unlink the header or footer from the previous section.
    On Header and Footer tab, Link to Previous is highlighted

  5. Click Page Number > Page Number and then choose the alignment and position you want.

  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 use the actual page number).
    In the Page Number format box, Start at = 1.

  8. Click OK.

  9. When you’re done, click Close Header and Footer or double-click anywhere outside the header or footer area.
    On the Header and Footer tab, Close is highlighted

See Also

Add page numbers

Delete page numbers

Add page numbers to an existing header or footer

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