Start page numbering later in your document

Remove the page number from the first page

  1. Go to Insert > Header or Footer > Edit Header or Edit Footer.

  2. Select Different First Page.

    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 and press Delete.

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

Tip: If you want your second page to start at 1 rather than 2, go to Insert > Page Number > Format Page Numbers, and set Start at under Page Numbering to 0, rather than 1.

Start page numbering on Page 3 - double-sided printing

If the first page of your document is a cover page, the second page is a table of contents, and you want the third page to show “Page 1”, see Start page numbering on Page 3 - double-sided printing.

Choose the scenario that most closely matches what you want to do:

You don't want a page number to appear on your title page, but you want the second page to show "Page 2."

  1. Go to Insert > Header or Footer > Edit Header or Edit Footer.

  2. Select Different First Page.

    When you double-click in a header or footer area, Word displays the Header & Footer tab.

    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.

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

Start page numbering on Page 3 - double-sided printing

If the first page of your document is a cover page, the second page is a table of contents, and you want the third page to show “Page 1”, see Start page numbering on Page 3 - double-sided printing.

Remove the page number from the first page

  1. Go to Insert > Header & Footer.

  2. SelectOptions on the right side, and then select Different First Page.

    Selecting Different First Page

  3. Select Options again, and then select Remove Page Numbers.

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

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

    Renumbering all but the first page

For more info on page numbers, see Page numbering in Word.

See also

Pre-numbered blank document templates with no page number on the first page:

Header page numbers

Footer page numbers

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