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Office challenge: How do I delete the page number from a title page?

This week, take our Office Challenge and test your Word skills with this frustrating page-numbering problem.

A user calls with a page-numbering problem in Word. The document has the following three sections:

  • Section 1 is the title page.
  • Section 2 displays regular page numbers.
  • Section 3 displays Roman numerals.

The user doesn't want a page number on the report's title page, but every time he deletes it, all of the page numbers disappear. Can you help this user?

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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.

12 comments
RU7
RU7

Adding a section after you have already designated the footer as Different First Page applies that same characteristic to the page numbering of the added section. So then you double-click on the second section footer and uncheck the Different First Page checkbox. Single-click in each successive section and uncheck the checkbox. OR If you are going to add a significant number of sections, uncheck the first section's checkbox, add the sections, then check the first section's checkbox again.

fledis
fledis

Unfortunately option "Different first page" for headers/footers creates an additional problem when the document is divided in sections. Then "First page" means "first page in each section". So you won't get page number also on page 2 (first page of section 2), page 43 (first page of section 3 for example) and so on. I agree with eljensen- that's the right solution.

Gandalf_UK
Gandalf_UK

Highlight the second page number and at the top in 'Design' ribbon, click on 'Different First Page' to place a tick next to it. Then close ' Header & Footer.' You will see no number on the first page.

RU7
RU7

Double click on the page number field. That takes you to the Design tab. In the Options area click to check the Different First Page check box (you can also do ALT+j, ALT+a). Double click in the document area and the first-page page number goes away.

derwil
derwil

Go to the Page Layout tab at the top of the document and select the Page Setup dialog box. Choose the Layout tab at the top and under Headers and Footers choose the Different First Page option. OK this. Go to the Insert tab and under the Header and Footer option choose Page Number then Format Page Numbers, under the Page Numbering option select Start at and enter 0.

eljensen
eljensen

I don't think the user should have to delete all the page numbers as Cabo Wabo mentions--as long as those in sections 2 and 3 are already set up the way he wants them. He should just be able to open up the header/footer area in section two (double click in the area where the page number is) and toggle the "Link to Previous" button on the Design tab of the Header & Footer Tools so the button is off. Now, with this section "unlinked," the user can go back to the page number in section 1 and delete it without causing a cascading effect through the rest of the document.

iPhoneDude777
iPhoneDude777

CTL + N > create a title page > Save it. Print your paper and title page and place in the appropriate location. Sending digitally will require two documents (which in many cases is unprofessional), but it's an additional option if you are having trouble.

Cabo Wabo Addict
Cabo Wabo Addict

open the header or footer (where your page numbers are) delete all of the page numbers un-set the 'link to previous' for the second section add page numbers to the second section. set your numbering style and starting page number do the same for section 3 to change the style.

jsaubert
jsaubert

If like this user you already have the numbers inserted select the page number field. Go to the Insert menu and the Page Numbers option. There should be a few drop-down boxes and a check box for "Show number on first page" - just uncheck it and you should be good to go. This menu also has the setting to adjust the placement of the page numbers on the page for "inside" and "outside" alignments, which is another really common question I hear a lot.

RU7
RU7

I made a 6 page document with 3 two-page sections. I assigned a Page X of Y footer, then went to the first page and enabled Different First Page. Whala, no page number on the first page, but page numbers on the other five pages.

RU7
RU7

Unless you manually start it at 2. I don't think you can have it continue from the previous section if the link is removed. Also, if during editing you decide to add a second sheet to section 1, the Different First Page still solves the problem.

fledis
fledis

I've lost page numbers somewhere in the middle of my document if I had made a new section. May be the point is that I had unchecked "Show the number on first page" in a document with one section and made a new section after that.

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