November 23, 2020

Word: How to start page numbering on a page other than one

If you would like to start page numbering on page 3 of a Microsoft Office Word document, you need to split up your manuscript, or thesis into sections. The following steps provide you with screenshots to lead you through the process.

Step 1: Separate your MS Word document into sections

In order to insert page numbers from page 3 onwards, you need to split up your document into sections.

  • Set the cursor to the end of the text on the second page.
  • Click on the tab named “Layout”. You will find the button “Breaks” and “Section Breaks” in the drop-down list. Chose “Next Page”.
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How to insert section breaks. (c) Screenshot
  • Now go to page 3 and open the footer. The tab “Design” will appear in the menu.
  • Deactivate the option “Link To Previous”.
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Turn off the Link to Previous feature. (c) Screenshot

Step 2: Insert page numbers

  • Put the cursor in the footer of page 3, go to the tab “Insert” and click on the button “Page Number”. Choose your preferred design.
  • By default, MS Word inserts page number 3. If you want to start page numbering with 1, proceed with the following steps.
  • Click on “Format Page Numbers” in the drop-down menu of the button “Page Number”.
  • Choose “Start at” and insert the page number you want to start at.
How to start page numbering on page 3_insert page number
How to insert a page number (c) Screenshot
How to start page numbering on page 3_change page number
Change the “start at” page number to whatever number you like (c) Screenshot

If you want to start page numbering on page 2 follow the instructions and set the cursor to the end of the text on the first page.

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