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Inserting the Total Number of Pages in Your Document

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated October 23, 2021)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


It is not unusual to put a page number in your headers or footers, and the different ways of accomplishing that task are covered in other issues of WordTips. You can also, however, insert a field that indicates the total number of pages in a document. This can be used in a header or footer or directly within the text of your document. To insert the total number of pages in your document, follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the total number of pages to appear.
  2. Choose Field from the Insert menu. You will see the Field dialog box.
  3. In the Categories list, choose Document Information. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Field dialog box.

  5. In the Fields Names list, choose NumPages.
  6. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1246) 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: Inserting the Total Number of Pages in Your Document.

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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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