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How to Remove Page Numbers from the First Page

Adding page numbers to a Microsoft Word document make the document easier for your reader to navigate. Page numbers facilitate the reader’s ability to search for a particular page or topic and move directly to that part of your document following the referenced page number.

Page numbers partnered with a table of contents on the first page create a numbering system, like chapters in a novel.

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Often when we have a document has a title page, followed by a table of contents or index, these pages are not given page numbers. Therefore, it is a good idea to start your page numbers at the same place the document’s text starts, after these formal or navigational pages.

In this post we will show you how to remove the page numbers from your title page, leaving you with a page 1 that signals the start of your actual document, not the title page.

Removing Page Numbers from the Title Page

  1. Open Word
  2. Click Insert in the toolbar
  1. Under Insert, Press Header & Footer > Page Number
  1. Find and click Format Page Numbers… within the drop-down options
  1. Type the page you would like to start your numbering on in the ‘Start at:’ Box. In the example below, we selected page 2
  1. Press OK

You have now successfully started your page numbers after the table of contents and or title page. You can follow these steps at any time to adjust where your page numbers start from.

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