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: What Line Am I On?.

What Line Am I On?

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 15, 2014)

3

Word provides you a number of informational items on the status bar, all designed to help you know where your insertion pointer is located within your document. One of the items normally listed in the status bar is the line number on the current page. For instance, Ln 31 tells you that your insertion pointer is located on line 31 of the current page.

The line position indicator doesn't show up all the time in Word, however. For instance, the line counter never shows up if you are in Web Layout view. In addition, the indicator is disabled if you have the Wrap to Window check box selected on the View tab of the Options dialog box. Finally, you won't see a line indicator if you have background pagination turned off in Word.

You should also be aware that the validity of what you see in the line indicator is affected by various settings and conditions. Most notably, the number will not be valid if Word is in the middle of repaginating your document. If you have a very large document that you just opened, then Word can take quite a while to do the repagination, depending on the speed of your machine and how many other tasks the machine is performing.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1412) 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: What Line Am I On?.

Author Bio

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Letters Turn into Squares

Imagine that you are typing away, and all of a sudden your beautiful prose turns into a series of small rectangles that are ...

Discover More

Generating a Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report

Your computer uses power to operate, and Windows has a great impact on how much power it uses. You can use a hidden Windows ...

Discover More

Spellcheck for Two Languages

Are you creating a document that mixes different languages? Word can handle the multi-language scenario, but it may take a ...

Discover More

The First and Last Word on Word! Bestselling For Dummies author Dan Gookin puts his usual fun and friendly candor back to work to show you how to navigate Word 2013. Spend more time working and less time trying to figure it all out! Check out Word 2013 For Dummies today!

MORE WORDTIPS (MENU)

Jumping to a Relative Section

Navigating through a long document can be challenging, at times. Here's a way you can move forward or backwards in your ...

Discover More

Jumping to the End without Repaginating

When you open a document and try to jump to the end of it, Word may go through the sometimes long process of repaginating. If ...

Discover More

Navigating a Collection of Selected Items

Word allows you to easily select portions of a document that meet differing criteria that you may specify. If you want to ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments for this tip:

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 9 - 7?

2016-11-15 05:29:49

Karen

Grrreat Jennifer - that's exactly what I was looking for!! Thanks


2015-11-13 13:01:35

Jennifer Thomas

Just in case you aren't seeing Line Numbers on your status bar ... right click a blank area of the status bar and then click Line Numbers.

Consider adding Section too (if you work with multi-section documents) - it's convenient to know that for use with the Go To command. Or you can type in the Page option of Go To as you would o print a specific page -- S3P4L20 would take you to Section 3 Page 4, Line 20.


2015-03-05 17:38:41

fay

Sorry. I can't find half the things you describe in your post. For example I cant find the "Wrap to Window check box" and don't know how to check whether the background pagination is turned on. I think you need to be more explicit for dummies like me!


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.

Links and Sharing