How to remove numbering in Word

How to remove numbering in Word; In this article, we will look at how to remove the numbering in documents created in the Microsoft Word word processor. This will be needed in cases where it is necessary to remove the numbering of sheets in the Word.

Small page documents usually do not use pagination because it is not necessary. Volumetric documents, on the contrary, are often numbered, because it is more convenient to search for the information you need, to jump to a specific piece of text.

In some situations, numbering has already been added to the Word document, but the user does not need it. Naturally, the user is faced with the question of how to remove page numbering from a Word document.

Depending on the situation, you need to remove all numbering, or numbering from only some pages of the document. To do this, we will use several methods that are described in this article.

The instructions in this guide apply to different versions of Word: Microsoft Word 2019, Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft Word 2013, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Word 2007.

How to remove numbering in Word from all pages – 1 way

First, consider the easiest way to remove pagination in Word. Using this method, we will automatically remove the numbering from all pages of the document, except for the numbering performed using the “Current position” parameter.

Do the following:

  1. Open a Word document.
  2. In the program window, go to the “Insert” tab, go to the “Headers and Footers” group.
  3. Click on the “Page Number” button.
  4. In the menu that opens, click on the “Delete page numbers” item.
  5. Click the “Close Header Window” button.

In some cases, due to formatting features, creating headers and footers, not all numbers are removed from the document, or the “Delete page numbers” button is not available. In this case, double-click on the header or footer area (empty fields at the top or bottom of the page), then highlight the page number, and then press the “Del” (Delete) key.

How to remove numbering in Word – 2 way

In the following way, we will remove numbers from a Word document using the header and footer editing mode.

Do the following:

  1. Double-click the header or footer area (blank fields at the very top or bottom of the document).
  2. The header and footer area is now editable. Highlight the page number.
  3. Press the “Del” (Delete) or “Backspace” (←) key to remove numbering from all pages of a Word document.

How to remove pagination in Word – 3 way

A similar method will help us remove all numbered pages from a Word document.

Go through the steps:

  1. Enter the “Insert” menu, in the “Headers and Footers” group, you need to select “Header” or “Footer”, depending on where the page numbering is located in the document,
  2. In the context menu, click on the “Edit Header” or “Edit Footer” button.
  3. Highlight the numbering on the page, and then press the “Del” (Delete) key or the “Backspace” (←) key.

How to remove numbering from the first page of a document

When working with some types of documents: term papers, diplomas, abstracts, e-books, etc., there is no need to put the page number on the title page in the Word document. Therefore, it is necessary to remove the numbering from the first page of the document.

The interface is slightly different in different versions of the application, pay attention to the differences.

In Word 2007, Word 2010, Word 2013, do the following:

  1. Enter the Page Layout menu.
  2. Click the arrow in the corner in the Page Setup group.

In versions of Word 2016, Word 2019, go through the steps:

  1. Enter the Layout menu.
  2. In the Page Setup group, click the arrow in the lower right corner.

Further actions are the same for all versions of the program.

  1. In the Page Setup window that opens, click the Paper Source tab.
  2. In the “Distinguish headers and footers” parameter, check the box next to the “first page” option, click on the “OK” button.

Numbering will no longer appear on the first cover page of a Word document.

How to remove first page numbering in Word

Users are faced with the need to remove the numbering on some pages when working with documents that have a table of contents in addition to the title page. In most cases, it is required to remove the numbering from the first pages, because it is not needed or inappropriate there.

After removing the numbers from the first two pages, the number “3” will be displayed on the third page of the document. If you want to continue page numbering from the number “4” onwards, follow these steps.

Do the following:

  1. Remove numbers from all pages of the document (see the beginning of this article).
  2. Press the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “8”.
  3. Hidden formatting marks appear on the document pages.
  4. Click the mouse cursor at the beginning of the third page.
  5. Go to the “Layout” tab, in the “Page Setup” group, click on the “Breaks” button.
  6. In the “Page Breaks” menu, in the “Section Breaks” section, click on the “Next Page” item.
  7. Double click the left mouse button at the beginning of the third page. The button “As in the previous one” is highlighted on the page, we need to disable this button.
  8. In the “Designer” tab, in the “Transitions” area, left-click once on the “Go to Footer” button. After that, the “As in the previous” button will be disabled. Uncheck the box “Special header for the first page” if it is enabled in the program settings.
  9. In the Headers and Footers group, click the Page Number button. Select the location of the number on the Word document page.
  10. Click the “Close Header Window” button.

If, on the third page, you want to start numbering with the number “1” and not with the number “3”, do the following:

  1. Before closing the headers and footers window, in the “Headers and Footers” group, click on the “Page Number” button.
  2. In the menu that opens, select “Format Page Numbers…”.
  3. In the “Page Number Format” window, in the “Page Numbering” section, in the “start at:” setting, put the number “1”, and then click on the “OK” button.

Now on the third page of the document, the numbering will begin with the number “1”.

Article Conclusions

Some users are looking for an answer to the question of how to remove page numbering from a Word document. In the Word text editor, you can remove numbering in many ways: remove all numbered pages, remove numbering from the first title page, or from the first few pages of a document.

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