How to Remove Page Numbers in Word Documents

By Marie Mulrooney

Page numbers are helpful for telling exactly where you're at in a digital document, just as with print books. They can also be a hindrance, however, covering what should have been white space, taking the place of something else in the header and footer, or simply interfering with future formatting needs. The instructions for removing page numbers from a Word document differ only slightly between the 2003 and 2007 versions of Microsoft Word.

Word 2007

Step 1

Locate the Header & Footer group on the Insert tab. This is usually up at the top of the document.

Step 2

Click on the "Page Number" text or icon (or both, depending on your settings).

Step 3

Click "Remove Page Numbers."

Step 4

Remove any remaining page numbers by double-clicking on the header or footer area, highlighting the page number, and pressing "Delete." Reasons for having to delete page numbers manually in Word 2007 include: If the page numbers were inserted by using the "Current Position" Page Number tool, and page numbers that were inserted in the document using a different MS Word version.

Word 2003

Step 1

Select the View pull-down menu, then click "Header and Footer."

Step 2

Click the "Switch Between Header and Footer" icon in the Header and Footer toolbar, if necessary, to get to page numbers that may be in the footer at the bottom of the page.

Step 3

Select the page number or, if you used the Page Numbers command from the Insert menu to place the page numbers in the first place, click on the page number, then click on the border of the frame that appears around the page number.

Step 4

Press "Delete."