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How to Fix Page Numbers in Word

What to do when page numbering is not continuous in Word

what you need to know

  • To reset the page numbers, go to Insert > Page number > remove page numbers. Do this for each section.
  • To set the page numbering, go to Insert > Page number > Format page numbers. Make sure begin to is set to one.
  • To make page numbers continuous, go to Format page numbers and choose Continued from previous section.

This article explains how to correct page numbers in Word 2021, 2019, 2016, and Word for Microsoft 365.

How to reset page numbers in Word?

If page numbering is turned off in Word, the easiest solution is to remove the page numbers and start over. To remove page numbers in Word, click anywhere in the document, go to the Insert tab, then select Page number > remove page numbers. You can then adjust the numbering settings and add page numbers to your Word document as you like.

If you have section breaks, you may need to reset the page numbering for each section. Page number options are also available in the Header and footer language.

How to fix wrong page numbers in Word?

To adjust the dial settings, go to the Insert tab, then select Page number > Format page numbers.

Format page numbers in Word

From there you can choose a number format and even include chapter information. Under Page Numbering, make sure begin to is set to one. To select OKAY to save the changes.

To start numbering on the second page, set begin to for 0.

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Why is my page numbering not continuous in Word?

If you try to manually add or adjust page numbers, you can skew the numbering of the entire document. Section breaks can also cause inconsistent page numbering. Another possibility is that you have changed the page number format settings.

Go to the Home tab and select the tab Show/Hide icon (¶) in the Paragraph group to show section breaks.

How to create continuous page numbers in Word?

If you notice the page count starting over, it may be because you set a section break with a different numbering scheme. You can remove the section break, but there is an alternative. To make page numbers continuous:

Click on the page with the wrong number, then go to Insert > Page number > Format page numbers.

Page number and page number formatting in Microsoft Word

Choose Continued from previous section. To select OKAY to save the changes.

Continue from the previous section in the Format page number box in Microsoft Word


The section break will be maintained keeping the page numbering consistent with the previous section. Repeat for each so that the numbering is sequential for the entire document.

How to Add Page Numbers to Different Sections in Word

If you want to divide your document into sections with separately numbered pages, follow these steps:

Click in the body of the document where you want the new section to begin, then select the Provision language.

Layout tab in Microsoft Word

To select breaks and choose Next page in Section Breaks.

Break and Next Page in the Layout tab in Microsoft Word

Double click on the header or footer (wherever the page number is) and deselect it Link to previous in the Navigation group.

Link to the above in the Header/Footer tab of Microsoft Word

In the new section, go to Insert > Page number > Format page numbers.

Insert tab stops and format page numbers in Microsoft Word

To select begin to and set the value to one. To select OKAY to save the changes.

Start at 1 highlighted in the page number format box in Microsoft Word

frequent questions

  • How to correct page numbers in a table of contents in Word?

    After you create a table of contents in Word, you can customize its appearance. Choose update table from Desk dropdown menu to update the page numbers. You can also go to References > Content > Custom table of contents to customize your existing table of contents.

  • Why does my page number show the page merge format in Word?

    If you see { PAGE \*MERGEFORMAT } instead of page numbering, field codes are enabled in Word. Press the shortcut key combination alternative F9 to display the field or page numbers, instead of the field code.

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