I wish I had a nickle for every person who contacted me when they started using Word 2010 or Word 2013 because they could not figure out how to add page numbers to their document, omitting the number on the first page. I would be a rich woman!
Admittedly, the good folks at Microsoft did not make this very intuitive for you.
Normally the first page of your document or cover page does not have a page number or any other sort of Header or Footer text.
A lot of the “experts” out there will tell you that you have to use sections to omit the page number on your first page, but I am going to let you in on a little secret – there is a much easier way to do this!
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Once your document is complete, on the first page, double-click in the footer area to open the footer.
- Once you do that you will notice that there is a new tab on your Ribbon called Header Tools | Design all the way on the right.
- Click on the tab that says Design and you will see on the left-hand side of your Ribbon the Header & Footer Group. There you will see Page Number.
- Use the drop-down arrow on Page Number and you will see a list of options. For our purposes we will select Bottom of Page and Plain Number 2. You will see the page number in your footer.
- Click the same drop-down arrow and select Format Page Numbers.
- Format your page number to your liking.
- While still in your header, click on the Page Layout tab of your Ribbon.
- Now if you look all the way on the left, you will see the Page Setup group. Click on the small arrow at the edge of the Page Setup group, to open it.
- From the resulting dialog box that displays, on the Layout tab, in the Headers & Footers area, select Different First Page.
- Click OK.
You will now see that no page number appears on your first page, but does on all the other pages of your document.
It may seem like a lot of steps, but it really isn’t and you could always create a macro to take the steps for you!
It really isn’t all that difficult once you know how is it?