How to Add Page Numbers in Word

Create page numbers in MS Word 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016

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If your Microsoft Word document is long (or book-length), you might want to add page numbers to help readers find their way through it. You add the page numbers to either the header or footer. Headers are areas that run across the top of the document; footers run across the bottom. When you print a document, the headers and footers can be printed as well.

Instructions in this article apply to Word for Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, Word 2007, and Word 2003.

How to Add Page Numbers in Microsoft Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, and Word for Office 365.

Screenshot of page number options in Word 2019

You insert page numbers to documents in Microsoft Word 2013 from the Insert tab. To begin, place your cursor at the first page of your document, or where you want page numbers to begin. Then:

  1. Select the Insert tab.
  2. Select Page Number in the Header & Footer group.
  3. Select Top of Page, Bottom of Page, or Page Margins in the drop-down list to define where to place the numbers.
  4. Select a page numbering design
  5. Double-click anywhere in the document to hide the header and footer areas.

How to Add Page Numbers in Word 2007 and Word 2010

The Page Number options in Word 2010

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You add page numbers in Microsoft Word 2007 and Word 2010 from the Insert tab. To get started, place your cursor at the first page of your document, or where you want page numbers to begin. Then:

  1. Select the Insert tab and click Page Number.
  2. Choose Top of Page, Bottom of Page, or Page Margins to define where to place the numbers.
  3. Choose a page numbering design.
  4. Double-click anywhere in the document to hide the header and footer areas. 

How to Add Page Numbers in Word 2003

The Page Number Format dialog box in Word 2003

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You can add Microsoft page numbers in Word 2003 from the View menu. To begin, place your cursor at the first page of your document, or, where you want page numbers to begin. Then:

  1. Select the View menu and choose Header And Footer.
  2. A header and footer appear on your document; place your cursor in the one you want to add page numbers to.
  3. Select the icon for Insert Page Number on the Header And Footer toolbar that appears.
  4. To make any changes, choose Format Page Numbers.
  5. Make any desired changes and select OK.
  6. Close the header section by selecting Close on the Header And Footer toolbar.

Customize Headers and Footers

Header and Footer options in Word 2016

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You can also customize the headers and footers in all versions of Microsoft Word. You do that from the same area where you added page numbers.

To begin, select Header or Footer to see your options.

In more recent editions of Word, you can also get additional header and footer styles online from Office.com.