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How To Number Pages In Word From Page 3

Page numbering in Word is one of the most useful functions of Microsoft's text editor program. It helps you to organize large documents correctly and thus save time in searching for them in the future. But sometimes, we do not need to number the document from the first page but we want to number pages in Word from Page 3.

Beyond the default numbering, there is a way to put page numbers in Word from Page 3. It is a procedure widely used by all those people who, for example, need to number their .doc or .docx file before converting it to PDF and donโ€™t want the table of contents, introduction or a blank page to appear within the numbering.

You may need this because you are creating a book or a special type of publication... or simply because you want it to look good in the table of contents. Either way, whatever version of Microsoft Word you have, you can do it. Numbering Word pages from the 3rd page is more common than you think.

In this article, you are going to see how to do page numbering in Word from the third page.

How To Number Pages In Word From Page 3 Step-By-Step

To be able to do all this, what you need to keep in mind is that you need to have Microsoft Word installed. If you already have Microsoft's text editing program, follow these steps to set page numbering in Word from the third page:

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Go to the "File" area and click on "Open". Find the document you want to number.
  3. Now go to the page from which you want the numbering to start. In this case, you would have to go to the third page.
  4. Go to the "Insert" menu and, from there, to the section that says "Header and Footer". When you click on the small arrow, different options will be displayed. Choose the one that says "Page Number".
  5. Click where it says "Page Number Format". This will open a box where different options will appear. Among them, you can choose what the numbering format will be.
  6. There is a section that says "Start at...". There is where you have to write the number three (3), which is where you want the numbering to start from. Thatโ€™s it!

What You Need To Know About Numbering Pages In Word From The Third Page

As with any type of action to be performed on a file, there are some considerations to take into account when numbering pages in Word from Page 3:

  • This action can be done in any of your versions of Microsoft Word. It is going to vary a bit where the function is located.
  • From the "Page number" section you can also choose where you want the number to appear, for example on the left or on the right. Also whether you want it to appear at the top or at the bottom.
  • In the initial box of the "Page number" option, you have to uncheck the option where it says "Show from the first page". This is what will allow us to say later in "Format" that we want the enumeration to appear on page three and not on the first page.
  • If you make a mistake, it is as simple as placing yourself on the page with the numbering, and go to the option that says "Remove page number" among the options displayed in "Header and footer".

How To Number Word Pages From The Third Page On Each Operating System

We don't always have a computer at hand. Sometimes, we have a mobile or tablet on which we need to put page numbers in Word from the third page. There are also differences between doing it on Windows, Mac or Linux.

Numbering Word Pages From The Third Page On A Computer

When we perform the action of entering page numbers from the third page, that is, numbering pages in Word after the table of contents, it is much easier to do it on a computer. Here, we are going to tell you how to set page numbers in Word from various operating systems.


If you have an older version of Microsoft Word such as the 2006 version, then the above steps change a bit when it comes to numbering pages in Word from Page 3.

  1. First, position yourself on the third page so that the numbering starts from there. Go to the "Page Layout" option and click where it says "Breaks".
  2. Select where it says "Next Page" so that a page break is created.
  3. Now go to the "Insert" menu and from there to where it says "Page Number".
  4. All the pages will be listed at the top. With the editor open, you have to go to the "Link to previous" option. Once this action is done, delete the initial page numbers.
  5. Finally, go back to "Insert" and from there to "Page number" and "Page number format". In the final part where it says "Start at" you have to write the number 3.


To add the page numbering in Mac is the same as in Windows, since there is the great advantage of being able to use Microsoft Word on the Mac system. What will vary is the method, depending on the type of version of Microsoft Word you have installed.


There is no version of Microsoft Word for Linux. In this case, you have to opt for an alternative version such as LibreOffice or OpenOffice. In the "Help" menu you will be able to read how it works in such programs. Anyway, the procedure is as follows:

  1. First, you have to put the cursor in the area of the page and on the page where you want the numbering to appear.
  2. Follow this path: Insert > Fields > Page number.
  3. Align the number wherever you want.

Numbering Word Pages From The Third Page On A Mobile Or Tablet

If you have the document on mobile and want to make this change from there, it is also possible.


The first thing will be to download the Microsoft Word app and have a paid subscription to access all the tools.

Once you have the document open, you have to go to "Insert" and from there to where it says "Page number". You will see it because it is an icon that has a leaf with a hash sign. Then you have to choose the same options as on a computer.

iPhone (iOS) Or iPad

On iOS the operation is the same as on Android. You have to first go to the App Store to download Microsoft Word, and then follow the rest of the steps to list Word pages from the third page, as explained above.

Erika has worked for local and foreign media (The New York Times-About.com/eHow.com/Vivemichigan.com, etc) and for countless clients and private communication agencies. She is an audiovisual producer, screenwriter and has a degree in Audiovisual Communication. She has created all types of content on different topics and formats, both written and audiovisual. She currently collaborates as a freelance writer at FormatPDF.com.
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