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Formatting Your Dissertation (or Thesis): Insert page numbers

Insert page numbers

  1. Select Insert > Page Number, and then choose the location and style you want.

  2. If you don't want a page number to appear on the first page, select Different First Page.

  3. If you want numbering to start with 1 on the second page, go to Page Number > Format Page Numbers, and set Start at to 0.

  4. When you're done, select Close Header and Footer or press Esc.

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A header or footer can contain text, information about the document, or even images. However, the most common elements in a header or footer are page numbers. Page numbers can be continuous though a document, all but the first page, or start over in each section.

Note: The best way to work with page numbers is in Word on a laptop or desktop computer, rather than in a web browser or mobile app.

Insert page number

Additional Information


  1. On the Insert tab, click the Page Number icon, and then click Page Number.

  2. Select a location, and then pick an alignment style. Word automatically numbers every page, except designated title pages.

  3. To change the numbering style, select Format and then choose the formatting you want to use.

  4. Select OK twice to close both dialog boxes.

For more info on page numbers, see Page numbering in Word.