How to Remove Page Numbers on the First Page of Word 2007

By Caroline Jackson

Word 2007, the feature-rich word-processing program from Microsoft, gives you control over nearly every aspect of document creation. From changing fonts and colors to creating custom headers and footers, you can format your document precisely the way you want it. When you insert page numbers, by default they appear on every page of your document. In some cases, such as when a document requires a cover page, you'll need to remove the numbers from the first page. In Word 2007, you can do this by using the "Different First Page" option.

Step 1

Open your document in Word 2007.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab on the Word 2007 menu.

Step 3

Click the "Header" or "Footer" icon in the Header & Footer group. The location of your existing page numbers determines which one you choose. For numbers at the top of your document, choose "Header." For numbers at the bottom of your document, choose "Footer."

Step 4

Click either "Edit Header" or "Edit Footer" depending on your page numbers' location. This opens the Header & Footer Tools panel.

Step 5

Click the "Different First Page" box in the Options group. This removes the number on the first page of your document while leaving the rest of your page numbers intact.

Tips & Warnings

  • For an alternative method to remove the first-page number on your document, use the "Page Layout" tab. Within this tab, open the Page Setup dialog box. In the Header and Footers section of the Layout tab, choose "Different First Page."