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When This Is Appropriate?

We often do not want to page number the first page but want to number second and subsequent. Another relevant example would be a letter in which you want no page numbering on the first page because it will be printed on letterhead, but you would like to add a header on all subsequent pages that looks something like this:

How To Set It Up

This is most easily illustrated with an example. Assume you have a 3 page document and you'd like to number pages 2 and 3 only. Simply follow these steps:

a. Open the document in Word that you want to page number.

b. Click the Insert ribbon>Header & Footer group>Footer button>Edit Footer. Click the Home ribbon>Paragraph group>Center button (SK: Ctrl + E) to center your cursor in the footer.

c. In Header & Footer Tools ribbon, which appears because you're editing the Footer, click the Header & Footer group>Page Number button>Current Position>Plain Number (which will insert a page number where your cursor was).

d. In order to turn off the page numbering for page 1 (but leave it for all of the other pages), click on the Header and Footer Tools ribbon>Options group>check the Different First Page box.

e. The foregoing step will remove the page number from page 1 but leave it on all subsequent pages.

f. Click the Header & Footer Tools Ribbon>Close group>Close Header and Footer button and you're done!

If you or your staff need Microsoft Word training, Affinity provides custom training for law firms. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ask about customized training.

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