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How to Start Page Numbers on Page 2 in Word

Holly Hunt
Holly Hunt  |  November 16, 2018

Sometimes, you don’t want page one to actually say page 1.

Maybe your Microsoft Word document has a title page and you want the page numbers to start on page 2. Or you might even have a title page and a table of contents, and so want the page numbers to start on page 3.

Here’s how you can control your Word document page numbers.

For all my visual learners, I’ve outlined how to do this with screenshots below.

How to start page numbers on page 2

Note: This method works for Word for Office 360, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013 and Word 2010. In Word Online you can not have your page numbers start later in the document.

1. Click on the page

Click the first page you want to have page numbers. I suggest clicking at the very beginning or the very end of the page.

2. In ‘Layout,’ select ‘Next Page’

You can find this under the ‘Breaks’ drop-down menu.


3. Double click on the header or footer you want the page number to appear in

Double-clicking there will bring up the header menu at the top.

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4. Unselect ‘Link to Previous’

You do this by clicking on it. This breaks any ties the header or footer had to the previous header or footer that came before it. 


5. Go to ‘Page Numbers’

It’s a little repetitive… Click on ‘Page Numbers’ and then select ‘Page Numbers’ in that menu.


6. Format the page number

You can choose what alignment you'd like in the first window. Then click on ‘Format.'


In the window that appears next, select the 'Start at' field and enter '1.'


7. Exit out of all windows and the header menu

Click ‘OK’ to get out of all pop-up windows you have open, and then double click anywhere in the document to get out of the header menu.

Ta-da! Your page numbers are now at your command.

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Your page numbers now start on page 2 (or 3, or 10)

You can rest easy that the page numbers are now exactly as you want them.

What are some other small things in Microsoft Word that should be easy but actually drive you crazy? Tweet me your greatest pet peeves and I’ll be sure to feature them in future Word Hacks.

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Holly Hunt

Holly Hunt

Holly is a team lead on the content marketing team. An avid reader and writer, Holly graduated from the University of Missouri with a dual major in Journalism and English. Prior to joining G2, she lived in Madison, WI, ate a horrifying amount of cheese curds, and then found her way to Chicago for a content writing gig. (she/her/hers)