Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Changing the Type of Page Numbers Used in Headers or Footers.

Changing the Type of Page Numbers Used in Headers or Footers

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 9, 2016)

As you already know, Word allows you to make page numbers a part of your headers or footers. After adding the page numbers, you may want to change the type of page numbers used. Word allows you to use several different types of page numbers, as follows:

Type Selection
Arabic 1, 2, 3...
Arabic with Dashes - 1 -, - 2 -, - 3 -...
Uppercase Roman I, II, III...
Lowercase Roman i, ii, iii...
Uppercase Alphabetic A, B, C...
Lowercase Alphabetic a, b, c...

To change the format of your page numbers, follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point in the section of your document whose page numbers you wish to change.
  2. Choose the Header and Footer option from the View menu. You will see the Header and Footer dialog box.
  3. Click on the Format Page Number icon. You will see the Page Number Format dialog box
  4. Select the numbering format you wish to use from the Number format list. The table indicates the available types of formats.
  5. Click on OK.
  6. Click on OK from the Header/Footer dialog box.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (177) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Changing the Type of Page Numbers Used in Headers or Footers.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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