Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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.

Adding Page Numbers

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 25, 2016)


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:

  • Top of Page. The options in this grouping allow you to add a formatted page number to the top of each page (the header) in the current section.
  • Bottom of Page. The options in this grouping allow you to add a formatted page number to the bottom of each page (the footer) in the current section.
  • Page Margins. Adds a page number to either the left or right margin of the page.
  • Current Position. Used to add a page number at the current location of the insertion point.

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.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8378) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Adding Page Numbers.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is 1 + 8?

2016-05-13 10:39:02

John Wesley

I have created a Word 2010 invoice document document and was able to use your tip to insert an invoice number, but I'm trying to get that number to increment by 1 when I print multiple copies. Is it possible?

2014-06-23 05:44:04

jadi ynna


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