Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Adding Page Numbers.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 4, 2018)
If you are creating documents that are more than a page or two in length, you will probably want to include page numbers so you can keep your document, when printed, in order. Word supports automatic numbering of pages in your document and you can control the type of page number, the starting number, and the placement of the page number. In addition, you can include page numbers in the headers and footers on your pages.
The easiest way to add page numbers is to use the Insert tab of the ribbon. In the Header & Footer group you'll notice the Page Number tool. When you click the tool you are presented with a variety of ways in which you can insert your page numbers. These options are presented in several groups:
All told there are well over 100 different ways that you can insert formatted page numbers in your document. All you need to do is pick the one you want, and Word does the rest.
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