Page numbers are an important and often required part of many documents.
Microsoft Word provides you with a tool that makes it easy to add page numbers to the header or footer of the document.
The page numbering will start on the first page of the document, but it may not be what you want if the first page is a title page or something else where a page number isn’t needed.
Our guide below is going to show you how to skip the first page number in Word and start the numbering with the second page.
How to Skip the First Page Number in Word
- Open the document in Word.
- Choose Insert at the top of the page.
- Click the Header button.
- Choose Edit Header.
- Check the Different First Page option in the ribbon.
Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.
How to Start Numbering on the Second Page in Word for Office 365
The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application.
This guide assumes that you already have page numbers in your document.
Step 1: Open the document in Word.
Step 2: Select the Insert tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Choose the Header button in the Header & Footer section of the ribbon.
Note that the Page Numbers button is next to it. If you don’t already have page numbers then you can use that button to add them.
Step 4: Select the Edit Header option at the bottom of the menu.
Step 5: Check the box to the left of Different First Page option in the Options section of the ribbon.
The page number should now be gone from the first page.
If you would like to start the numbering with a different number then you can go to Insert > Page Numbers > Format Page Numbers then select Start at and enter a number.
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