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Office solution: How to delete a page number from a title page

This week, learn the solution to last week's challenge: How do I delete the page number from a title page?

Last week, I asked you to help a user with a page-numbering problem in a three-section document. The second and third sections both had a unique page-numbering scheme. When the user tried to delete the page number from the title page (section 1), Word removed all of the page numbers.

Cabo Wabo Addict was the first to respond with the most reliable solution (I thought)-break the link between the sections. To do so, select the header for section 2 and click the Link To Previous option in the Navigation group on the contextual Design tab. (In Word 2003, you'll find this option on the Header/Footer toolbar. ) Once the link between the sections is broken, you can delete the page number field on the title page. Eljensen mentioned that you don't have to delete the existing page numbering fields and start over as Cabo Wabo Addict suggested, and this is true. You can work with the existing fields.

Several  of you mentioned selecting the Different First Page option, which I admit, I hadn't considered. It does seem to work! Can any of you think of any circumstances where this particular solution might prove troublesome?

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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.

2 comments
fledis
fledis

As I've already mentioned, if you check the "Different first page" option in a document with only one section and add other sections later, then "first page" means "first page of each section". So you can lose number on one page somewhere in the middle of your document- at the beginning of each new section.

ssharkins
ssharkins

When I was working through this, I remember losing the page number on the first page, but I reset it for page 2 (I think that's what I did). Resetting the page number makes this one a bit less efficient than the linking section solution.