How to Add Line Numbers in Microsoft Word

By Techwalla Computers Editor

When you are keying in and formatting a long document of text in Microsoft Word, you may find the need to see your line numbers. Word has an option where you can make them show up and set selections on the style and format of the line numbers.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word and open an existing document that contains text. You could also start a new file and type a few lines of text so you can see how the line number function works.

Step 2

Choose the "File" menu and then select "Page Setup." This will bring up the "Page Setup" dialog box.

Step 3

Click the "Layout" tab on the "Page Setup" dialog box.

Step 4

Use the drop-down menu under "Apply to" under the "Preview" section of the dialog box to select "Whole document," "Selected text" or "This point forward." To see the "Selected text" option you must have text selected at the time.

Step 5

Click the "Line Numbers" button, which will bring up the "Line Numbers" dialog box.

Step 6

Select "Add line numbering" by clicking in the square to add a checkmark.

Step 7

Make your selections for the "Start at," "From text" and "Count by" options and the "Numbering" option where you can choose to restart your numbering at each page, at each section or make it continuous.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you add line numbering to your Microsoft Word document, the line numbers will show up the left margin of your Word document beside the lines of text you have selected.