Numbering of pages in MS Word

Almost anyone can set page numbering throughout the document. However, setting the page numbering correctly, eg from page 4, 5 or 6, may be a challenge for many. However, there is no need to worry about the correct setting. Just follow the instructions below.

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1. Structure and numbering of written work

Numbering of written works (applies equally to bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, graduate and rigorous works) is very similar in most methodological guidelines (directives) for most schools. The first page of the paper is always the title page, usually followed by an annotation / abstract, affidavit, acknowledgment and content (all pages have hidden numbering, so-called invisible page numbering, but these pages count). As a rule, the numbering of individual pages is only visible from the beginning.

2. How to make the correct numbering of written work

The instructions are created for MS Word 2010, as well as for MS Word 2013. However, if you work in an older or newer version of MS Word, it does not matter, because the principle is very similar.

Now let’s take a look at specific points on how to set up page numbering in a written work:

Display non-printable characters

For better clarity of the whole written work, it is advisable to display non-printable characters (eg, spaces, page breaks, section breaks, etc.). Unprintable characters can be displayed in the “Home” tab by clicking on the “¶” symbol (see the following figure).

Insert page numbering

The next step is to insert page numbering. Usually Arabic numbering is used, which is centered in the page footer. You can set page numbering in the “Insert” tab → “Page Number” → “Page Bottom” → “Page Number”. in plain text format 2 ”(see the following figure).

Set the section break and check it

In order to start with the visible numbering, eg from the fifth page, you need to paste the “Section break on the next page” after the end of the fourth page text. You can insert a section break in the “Page Layout” → “Ends” → “Section Breaks” → “Next Page” tab (see the following figure). This creates two sections that are interconnected.

The correctly inserted section break is shown in the following figure (at the end of the fourth page in this example).

Unlinking partitions and checking unlinking

Subsequently, it is necessary to separate the resulting sections. After the section break is set, the partitions are still linked. Use the “Link to Previous” button to separate visible and invisible numbered pages. You need to double-click the next page footer after the end of the section to switch the document to the header and footer edit status (in our model example, you need to go to page 5 when we inserted the section break on page 4) Then proceed by clicking on “Link with previous” in the “Design” tab (see the following figure).

But don’t be fooled, the “Link to the previous” button is initially active, so you must “click away” to separate the partitions.

If the link between the partition and the previous one is correctly switched off, “Same as past” is not displayed at the end of the page (see the following figure).

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Delete cover page numbering and clear numbering check

Now you can delete the numbering on the page where the numbering is not to be visible. In this case, this is the numbering of the pages throughout the section (section 1), which was separated in the previous steps. Just click on the footer of the first section (see the following figure) and delete the number, then the change will take effect throughout the section.

Correctly numbered numbering in the first section will be reflected on all of its pages. Only the non-printable character “End of section (next page)” will be visible and the page numbering will be deleted below (see the following figure).

Numbering of the following pages

The following pages of the entire written work will then be numbered (see the following figure).