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: Inserting a Page Number Field.

Inserting a Page Number Field

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated June 3, 2023)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016


Word provides a few shortcuts that allow you to insert common fields into your documents. If you have a need to insert the PAGE field often, then you will be interested in this shortcut. (The PAGE field automatically reflects the page number on which it is placed. For instance, if the PAGE field is inserted on page 4 of your document, it is replaced with a 4. If editing subsequently changes that page on which the PAGE field is located, the field is replaced with the then-current page number when your fields are updated.)

To insert a PAGE field where your insertion point is located, simply press Shift+Alt+P. The PAGE field is inserted, updated, and automatically formatted with the Page Number character format.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12250) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Inserting a Page Number Field.

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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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