Microsoft Word has a dazzling range of formatting options, many of which you may never need. However, one thing you should definitely learn is how to add page numbers to a document.\r\n\r\nYou can also adjust the formatting of page numbers to suit your requirements. But how do you do any of this? It\u2019s simple when you know how\u2026\r\nAdding Page Numbers: The Basics\r\nThe basics of adding page numbers to a document are reassuringly straightforward. All you have to do is:\r\n\r\n \tGo to the \u2018Insert\u2019 tab in Microsoft Word\r\n \tSelect \u2018Page Number\u2019 from the \u2018Header & Footer\u2019 box\r\n \tIn the dropdown menu, click on the positioning required\r\n\r\nThe default settings allow you to place them in various places (including footers, headers and margins) and gives you control over alignment (left, centre or right of the page). Clicking any of these will make page numbers appear in the location chosen.\r\nFormatting Page Numbers\r\nIf you followed the instructions above, you might have noticed the \u2018Format Page Numbers\u2026\u2019 option in the dropdown menu. Clicking on this opens a new window and provides more options for how page numbers appear in your document.\r\n\r\n \tNumber Format\r\n\r\nThis allows you to select the style of numbering used. The two most common are roman numerals (often used in the preface of longer works) and Arabic numerals.\r\n\r\nYou can also click \u2018Include Chapter Number\u2019 if you want to add this to your numbering system. This requires use of the \u2018Heading\u2019 options though, so make sure to apply these first.\r\n\r\n \tPage Numbering\r\n\r\nThis controls where your page numbering begins. To use this option, add a section break to the appropriate part of your document (see below).\r\n\r\nYou might, for instance, want the page numbering to begin only after the cover page, or use different styles for different parts of the document.\r\n\r\nIf this is the case, selecting \u2018Start at:\u2019 and a number will allow you to set the page numbering to whatever you require for a particular section.\r\nSection Breaks and Page Numbers\r\nApplying different styles in different parts of a document involves adding a section break. You can do this by:\r\n\r\n \tSelecting where you want the section break to appear\r\n \tGoing to the \u2018Page Layout\u2019 tab and clicking on \u2018Breaks\u2019\r\n \tSelecting \u2018Next Page\u2019 under \u2018Section Breaks\u2019 in the dropdown menu\r\n\r\nYou can now apply different page number styles before and after the break. To do this:\r\n\r\n \tGo to the \u2018Header & Footer\u2019 box on the \u2018Insert\u2019 tab\r\n \tSelect \u2018Edit\u2019 under either \u2018Header\u2019 or \u2018Footer\u2019 to open the header\/footer in your document\r\n \tClick on the header\/footer to which you want to apply a particular number style\r\n \tIn the \u2018Design\u2019 tab, deselect \u2018Link to Previous\u2019\r\n\r\nNow, if you change the formatting of page numbers in one section of your document, the page numbers in the preceding section should remain the same.