Customizing the page numbers in a Word document can be difficult the first couple of times you try.
Page numbers in the header or footer and handled a little differently than the rest of the content in a document, and there are several different options.
You may be wondering how to add a page 1 of 2 numbering style in Word if your document requirements include that formatting.
Page numbers are a very important organizational aspect of a document, particularly if someone is editing it and might separate the document pages eventually. But the page number only tells part of the story of the document’s structure. It might also be important to know how many pages are in the document.
Fortunately, Microsoft Word 2013 has a page numbering option that allows you to include the total number of document pages as part of the page numbering.
So, for example, if you wanted to have Page 1 of 2 in a Word 2013 document, you would be able to select that format and number your document pages in that manner.
Our tutorial continues below with more information on how you can add page numbers to the header or footer sections of your document, as well as how to format the appearance of those page numbers.
How to Do Page 1 of 2 in Word
- Open the document.
- Click Insert.
- Select Page Number.
- Choose a location.
Our article continues below with additional information on adding the page 1 of 2 page numbering style in Word, including pictures of these steps.
How to Add Page X of Y Page Numbers in Word (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word 2013. Once this is finished you will have a document with page numbers in the format Page X of Y. So if you are looking at the first page of a two page document, then the page number would be Page 1 of 2.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Page Number button in the Header & Footer section of the ribbon.
Step 4: Click the Top of Page or Bottom of Page option (depending on where you want your page numbers to display) then scroll down to the Page X of Y section and choose your preferred location.
You can then make any adjustments to the page numbers using the options on the Header & Footer Tools Design tab.
Either double-click inside the body of the document or click the Close Header and Footer button to continue editing your document.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about adding and customizing page number information in a Microsoft document.
How to Remove Page Numbers from the Title Page in Microsoft Word
One of the most common customizations that people want to make is whether or not their document has a different first page. if you have a title page and don’t want to include the first page number of that page, then you probably want to make use of that option.
These steps assume that you already have page numbers in the header or footer of your document.
- Double-click on your page number.
- Select Different First Page.
This will remove the page numbers from the header or footer on the first page.
If you want to choose the page number that your document starts with for your x of y format page numbers, then you can select the Insert tab, click Page Numbers, then select Format Page Numbers and click the Start at button and enter a number.
More Information on How to Add, Remove or Edit Page Numbers in a Word Document
Note that there are a handful of ways to alter the look of the page numbers that appear in your document. For example, in the article above we have chosen to use the option that shows the current page number, as well as the total number of pages in the document.
If you ever decide that you want to change the look of your page numbers then you can open the Insert menu by clicking Insert at the top of the window, select Page Numbers to expand the drop down menu, then click Format Page Numbers.
This opens a new Page Number Format dialog box that lets you select the number format (you could choose roman numerals, for example, if you wanted to), whether or not to include chapter numbers, and choose if you want your page numbering to have a different starting number, whether or not it should continue from the previous section if you have added a section break.
You can add a section break if you select the Layout tab, select Breaks in the Page Setup group, then click one of the Section Breaks options like Next Page, Continuous, Even Pages, or Odd Pages.
Do you also need to set up your Word document so that it isn’t displaying the page number on the first page, or title page? Learn how to skip the first page when numbering in Word 2013 to achieve this result.
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