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How to inhibit a page number for the first page in a Word document

Your users might have trouble finding the built-in solution to inhibit a page number, even though it's an easy-to-implement solution.

Many documents don't number the first page. For instance, you wouldn't want a page number on a report or book's title page (its first page). Regardless of the reason, the good news is that omitting the page number from the first page of a document is easy. Unfortunately, the solution isn't obvious. If you support users, they probably won't have any idea how to accomplish this simple task - they'll need help, at first.

First things first: add a page number field that will display a page number on every page to a document's header or footer as follows - you and your users probably know how to do this already:

Word 2007/2010 Word 2003

  1. Double-click the header or footer section of your document to open it.
  2. In the Header & Footer group, click Page Number, and choose a position.

  1. Double-click the header or footer to open it. Or, choose Header and Footer from the View menu.
  2. Click Page Number on the Header and Footer toolbar.

Next, you can omit the page number from the first page, as follows:

Word 2007/2010 Word 2003

  1. Click the Page Layout tab.
  2. Click the Page Setup group's dialog launcher (the small arrow in the bottom-right corner).
  3. Click the Layout tab.
  4. Check the Different First Page option in the Headers and Footers section.
  5. Click OK.

  1. Click Page Setup on the Header and Footer toolbar.
  2. Click the Layout tab.
  3. Check the Different First Page option in the Headers and Footers section.
  4. Click OK.

The page number is no longer visible on the first page. As I mentioned, this isn't an obvious solution.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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