Adding page numbers to a Microsoft Word document is a fundamental element of formatting. This is particularly important in a longer piece of work, like a dissertation, since it prevents the pages from getting mixed up and helps your reader navigate the document.\n\nWhat many people don\u2019t realize, however, is that Microsoft Word offers customized formatting options for page numbers, allowing you to apply different styles to different parts of a document.\n\nIn today\u2019s blog post, we run through how you can use page numbers to make your work look tidy and professional.\nAdding Page Numbers to a Document\nThe basic process of adding page numbers to a document is simple. All you need to do is:\n\n \tGo to the \u201cInsert\u201d tab and click \u201cPage Number\u201d in the \u201cHeader & Footer\u201d section\n \tIn the dropdown menu, select where you want your page numbers to appear (header, footer or margins)\n \tFinally, select the alignment for your page numbers (left, right or center)\n\nThis will add page numbers throughout your document, making it easier to navigate between sections.\nFormatting Page Numbers\nThe default page number style in Microsoft Word can be adjusted using the \u201cFormat Page Numbers\u201d option in the dropdown menu. The pop-up menu that appears when you click on this gives you two main options:\n\n \tNumber Format\n\nThis allows you to control the style of numbering you apply in your document. The default is Arabic numerals, but you can use lettering or Roman numerals instead if you prefer.\n\nYou can also add the chapter number to your page numbering by selecting \u201cInclude Chapter Number,\u201d but this only works if you\u2019ve applied appropriate \u201cHeading\u201d styles in your document.\n\n \tPage Numbering\n\nThese options allow you to control the number at which your page numbering starts. Usually this will default to \u201c1,\u201d starting at the first page of your document.\nSections Breaks and Page Numbering\nMicrosoft Word can also apply different styles of page numbering in different parts of your document. This can be handy if, for instance, you want the page numbers to begin only after the cover page, or if you wanted to use Roman numerals for pages preceding the introduction.\n\nTo do this, however, you\u2019ll need to add section breaks to your document:\n\n \tSelect where you want a section break to appear\n \tGo to \u201cPage Layout\u201d and click \u201cBreaks\u201d\n \tSelect \u201cNext Page\u201d under \u201cSection Breaks\u201d in the dropdown menu\n\nTo apply different page number styles before and after the break:\n\n \tGo to \u201cInsert\u201d and find the \u201cHeader & Footer\u201d section\n \tSelect \u201cEdit\u201d under either \u201cHeader\u201d or \u201cFooter\u201d\n \tSelect the header\/footer where you want to apply a particular numbering style\n \tIn the \u201cDesign\u201d tab, deselect \u201cLink to Previous\u201d\n\nOnce this is done, changing the formatting style of the page numbers in one part of the document will leave preceding sections unchanged.