Adding page numbers to your document can be very important when you are writing a long document that you need to share with a teacher or colleague. But the company or school where you are sharing the document might have some formatting requirements, one of which might involve removing the page number from the first page of your document.
You may have already figured out how to add the page numbers, but customizing them can be a little tricky if you haven’t done it before. The steps in the guide below will walk you through adding page numbers, then formatting those page numbers so that you can remove the page number from the title page and start your page numbering on the second page with either a “1” or a “2.”
How to Have No Page Number on the First Page in Word 2013
The steps below will show you how to add page numbers to a document in Word 2013, but exclude the page number from the first page. You will be able to select how you would like the page numbering to start. For example, you could have the first displayed page number as 1 or 2, depending upon your preference.
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.
Step 4: Select the desired location for your page numbers.
Step 5: Click the Design tab at the top of the window.
Step 6: Check the box to the left of Different First Page in the Options section of the window. This configuration will start the page numbering with the number “2” on the second page. If you wish to start with “1” on the second page, then continue below.
Step 7: Click the Page Number button, then click Format Page Numbers.
Step 8: Click the Start at option, enter “0” into the field, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
Are there unwanted page breaks in your document that you are having trouble removing? Learn how to delete page breaks in Word 2013 by enabling a formatting display option that will show you where the page break is and allow you to remove it.
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