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How to Start Page Numbering from the Third Page in Word

Date:2019-10-31 Author:Cordelia

If you are working on a paper, you probably don’t need page numbers on the first two pages (which should be description and catalog), but want to start numbering from the third page. So how to do it? Can you insert pages numbers from the middle of a Word document?

For this purpose, you can make use of the Breaks.

1. First, put your cursor before the first character in the second page. Click LayoutBreaks and choose Next Page.

How to Start Page Numbering from the Third Page in Word

2. Repeat this process. Put the cursor before the first character in the third page. Select Next Page in Section Breaks, then click InsertPage NumberFormat Page Numbers

How to Start Page Numbering from the Third Page in Word

3. Set the Page numbering as Start at 1, click OK.

How to Start Page Numbering from the Third Page in Word

4. Double click the header or the footer of the third page, click Link to Previous in Design to disable it.

How to Start Page Numbering from the Third Page in Word

5. Then click InsertPage Number to choose a pattern deciding where to insert the page number.

How to Start Page Numbering from the Third Page in Word

6. Now it has been applied to your document. Just delete the page numbers of the first two pages.

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5 thoughts on “How to Start Page Numbering from the Third Page in Word”

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  3. Diane says:

    Hi Cordelia, I loved this! Only one problem—I couldn’t figure out how to delete the page number (0) on the second page. Can you help? Thanks!

    1. Cordelia says:

      If there are page numbers on the first 2 pages, you just need to double-click the header or footer area (depends on where the page number is), and delete the page number by normal means.

  4. Sherry says:

    I need to start numbering my document on the third page. This advice didn’t work for me. I have Word 365 with Office 10. None of the steps in MS support work, either, I called MS support and a tech told me to go to Quick Repair to modify my Office 365, but I can’t find Quick Repair after modify,
    Is there something wrong with my Word 365 (I bought it only 5 months ago) or am I doing something wrong? The previous version of Word paginated just fine.
    Help!

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