How to Add Page Numbers in Word

Create page numbers in Word 2013, 2016, 2019 and Microsoft 365

What to Know

  • Go to the Insert tab > Page Number > Page Number > Top of Page (Header) or Bottom of Page (Footer).
  • Under Alignment, select Left, Right, or Center > OK.
  • To format the page numbering, click Header or Footer > Format > choose format. Double-click anywhere in the document.

This article explains how to add pages numbers to documents in Word 2019, 2016, 2013, and Word for Microsoft 365.

How to Add Page Numbers in Microsoft Word

If your Microsoft Word document is long (or book-length), you might want to add page numbers to the header or footer. When you print a document, the headers and footers can be printed as well.

The steps for adding pages numbers is basically the same for Word 2019, 2016, 2013, and Word for Microsoft 365.

  1. Place your cursor at the first page of your document or where you want page numbers to begin.

  2. Select the Insert tab.

    The Insert tab in Microsoft Word
  3. Select Page Number in the Header & Footer group.

    The Page Number icon highlighted in Microsoft Word
  4. Select Page Number again from a drop-down menu.

    Page Number selected from Page Number drop-down menu in Word
  5. Under Position, select Top of Page (Header) or Bottom of Page (Footer) to indicate where to place the numbers on the page.

    Under Alignment, select Left, Right, or Center.

    The Page Numbers pop-up window in Microsoft Word

    Select OK to save the selections and exit the menu.

  6. Select Header or Footer on the toolbar to format the page numbering. 

    The Footer icon in the Microsoft Word toolbar
  7. Select a format from the menu options.

    Footer formatting options in Microsoft Word
  8. Double-click anywhere in the document to hide the header and footer areas.

Customize Headers and Footers

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.

Header and Footer options in Word 2016

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

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