Add different page numbers or number formats to different sections in Microsoft Word 2013, 2016


This article explains how to add and stylize page numbers in Microsoft Word (2013, 2016). 


Original article on

Select between the intro and the body of the document and go to Layout > Breaks > Next Page.

  1. In the header for the body section, deselect Link to Previous. If Link to Previous is dimmed, check to make sure a section break was created.

  2. In the intro section select Page Number and choose a location and style. If your change only affects the first page of your section, make sure Different First Page is not selected.

  3. To choose a format or to control the starting number, select Page Number > Format Page Numbers.

  4. Do either or both of the following:

    • Select Number format to select the format for the numbering, such as a, b, c or i, ii, iii for the intro.

    • Under Page numbering, choose Start at and type a number that you want to start the section with. For example, restart numbering at the beginning of the body section.

  5. Select Close Header and Footer, or double-click anywhere outside the header or footer area to exit.

Need Additional Help?

For more info on page numbers, see Page numbering in Word.

Please fill out the Microsoft 365 Support webform with as much detail as possible, or contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus.


Article ID: 2798
Fri 10/2/20 5:14 PM
Thu 6/17/21 1:06 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)
Keene State College (KSC)
Plymouth State University (PSU)
University of New Hampshire (UNH)
USNH System Office