Modifying Page Numbers with Section Breaks in Microsoft Word

The key to using different types of numbering in the same document is section breaks. Once you’ve added a section break to your document (you can add as many as you need), you’ll be able to restart your page numbers there, and/or apply a different style.

Here’s an overview of the steps you need to follow.

  1. Place your cursor on the page where you want the first section to end.
  2. Go to the Page Layout tab, then click the Breaks command.
  3. Choose Next Page from the menu.
  4. A section break will be added, creating a new section on the next page.
  5. To continue, select your header or footer in the new section.
  6. Go to the Design tab (which should open by default when you click into the header/footer), and deselect the Link to Previous command.
  7. Now you can modify the page numbers in your new section depending on what you need.
    • To restart your numbering, click the Page Number command, then choose Format Page Numbers. From there, you’ll be able to select Start at: 1.
    • To change the font, color, size, or other style/format of your numbering, select the page number, then go back to the Home tab.

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