WD2000: How to Specify a Starting Page Number Other Than 1

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In Microsoft Word, you can specify a starting page number other than 1 by using the Page Numbers command on the Insert menu. Note that this feature is limited to a specific number range.

The "More Information" section of this article describes how this feature works.


The following table lists the number format range for page numbers in Microsoft Word.
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 Arabic  Alphabetic  Roman numerals 
 0 - 32,766  1 - 780  1 - 32,766 
NOTE 1: If you select a number format for a specific language, a range limit is still applied to the number format that you select. This range limit may vary, depending on the language that you specify. For example, if you are using the Hebrew language in your Word document and you select a Hebrew number format, a message similar to the following appears in Word when you attempt to use a Start at number that is greater than the valid range for the language:
Start At must be between 1 and 392 for this format.
NOTE 2: If you specify a number format that is alphabetic (for example, "a, b, c"), the numbering will be an alphabetic-character (not Roman numeral) representation of the specified number. For example, if you specify the starting number to be 50, XX will be displayed as the starting number.

To change the Start at number, follow these steps:
  1. On the Insert menu, click Page Numbers.
  2. In the Page Numbers dialog box, click Format.
  3. In the Page Number Format dialog box, under Page numbering, click to select Start at, type the starting page number that you want, click OK, and then click Close to close the Page Numbers dialog box.


For additional information about other operating parameter limits of Microsoft Word 2000, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
211489 WD2000: Operating Parameter Limitations and Specifications


Article ID: 212159 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 1.0
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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