- 1 Add the Page Number to Word
- 2 Adding Page Numbers to Word (Skipping the First Page)
- 3 Numbering Pages in Word
You have completed your thesis or an important document for a very long study, including the numbering. But do you see that annoying one on the first page that you can’t remove at all?
Don’t worry; we will show you how to number pages in Word on this page, starting with the second, third, and even the next.
If you think you have to write the number on each page manually, let’s say it right away, but Microsoft’s program has a function to skip any page you want and start counting from wherever you want. It’s easy to do, but finding the command isn’t intuitive.
Brainstorming and trying all the options on the menu is useless. Below we will tell you how to add numbers to the pages of your document made in Word, starting with the first. Take just 5 minutes to read this post, and you will see that it’s straightforward.
Add the Page Number to Word
Word is an effective program that lets you do a lot of things. You can use it to write your thesis, write an entire book, or form the basis of your presentations, and you can build a PowerPoint starting with a series you create with this software.
Numbering also gives each document a more professional look. If it contains many pages, it’s a more convenient way to quickly find the page you’re referring to when presenting your text to someone. Such a feature cannot be missing.
Select ‘Insert’ and click on the ‘Page Number’ section to insert the page number into Word. In the window that opens, you will have the opportunity to customize the numbering and choose the position (top or bottom), alignment, and the number from which it starts.
As you can see, this is child’s play!
When you add numbers, Microsoft software starts with the first by default. But most of the time, you want to skip it because maybe it acts as a cover, and perhaps you don’t even like the second, third, or fourth numbers.
The possibility exists, but it’s not that urgent, and you need to use some tricks. Now let’s see how to remove the number from the first pages.
Adding Page Numbers to Word (Skipping the First Page)
Sometimes you want to hide the number from the cover; you don’t count the starting pages. If you only have the body or just don’t want to start from the first page, you can use a straightforward trick that will save you a lot of time.
Start by putting the numbering in the method just seen, but make sure to start the count from 0. Now that all the pages are numbered, remove one from the cover or first page by following this procedure:
- Go to Add
- Select ‘Header and Footer’
- Select ‘Edit Title’
- Click few for the first page
- Select and delete the first page number
This procedure is the same whether you are using Windows or Mac. The process is slightly different in the free online version of Word because you have to select ‘Options,’ then ‘Different for the first page,’ and finally ‘Options> Remove’ page numbers again.
Numbering Pages in Word
These long texts or books haven’t only a cover but also a title page, index, and maybe some blank pages where the numbers don’t want to appear. In these cases, you want to enter a page number not from the first but even from the second, third, etc. It would be best to use sections where you can divide the document, skipping the first few pages. In each of them, you can start the numbering from scratch.
We tell you right away that the procedure is slightly different depending on the version of Word you’re using. Not only that: Although the command to remove numbering from the first page is available in both the Microsoft program on Windows, Mac and the online Office 365 office suite, sections aren’t available in Word on the Web. Therefore, you must install the software on your computer.
The commands vary depending on your operating system but fear not. We will show you all the steps you need to take, and you will have no trouble finding the right option. Just follow the step-by-step tutorial, and in a few minutes, you will see that you are ready.
Let’s see how to skip the first one or more. To be as straightforward as possible, let’s do it with an example; let’s try to start the numbering of a document from page four.
Microsoft Word on Windows
The numbering of the pages is one of the essential points in writing the thesis. Of course, let’s start with the classic version of Microsoft Word for Windows that most people probably use today.
To number the pages of a Word file, skipping the first and starting with the third, the first thing to do is divide the document into sections. To do this, you need to use the ‘Breaks’ function. Open the ‘Page Layout’ tab from the menu and select ‘Breakouts.’ Select ‘Next Page’ from the options under section breaks.
While nothing seems to have changed, clicking on the header or footer of the third and fourth page will show you two different tags. Meanwhile, deselect ‘Link to Previous Item’ to break the link between pages four and three. Note that the header and footer are independent, so you need to choose where the number resides.