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Chapter 7. Working with Pages > Adding Page Numbers

Adding Page Numbers

Word keeps track of your page numbers and displays a counter at the bottom of the document showing you the current page number and the total number of pages in the document. As you add or remove text, the page numbers are automatically updated, so the numbers are always current. If you want page numbers to show up in the actual document, however, you need to insert a page number.

I highly recommend adding page numbers if your document is longer than five or six pages. Think about what might happen if you accidentally drop the printout when you grab it off the printer. Without page numbers, you’ll have to sort through the text to put the pages back in order. The same goes for someone who is reading your document. Often, readers spread out a document to review it, and the same problem crops up: If the document doesn’t have page numbers, they have to reread parts of it to reorder the pages.


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