When This Is Appropriate?
We often do not want to page number the first page but want to number second and subsequent. Another relevant example would be a letter in which you want no page numbering on the first page because it will be printed on letterhead, but you would like to add a header on all subsequent pages that looks something like this:
How To Set It Up
This is most easily illustrated with an example. Assume you have a 3 page document and you'd like to number pages 2 and 3 only. Simply follow these steps:
a. Open the document in Word that you want to page number.
b. Click the Insert ribbon>Header & Footer group>Footer button>Edit Footer. Click the Home ribbon>Paragraph group>Center button (SK: Ctrl + E) to center your cursor in the footer.
c. In Header & Footer Tools ribbon, which appears because you're editing the Footer, click the Header & Footer group>Page Number button>Current Position>Plain Number (which will insert a page number where your cursor was).
d. In order to turn off the page numbering for page 1 (but leave it for all of the other pages), click on the Header and Footer Tools ribbon>Options group>check the Different First Page box.
e. The foregoing step will remove the page number from page 1 but leave it on all subsequent pages.
f. Click the Header & Footer Tools Ribbon>Close group>Close Header and Footer button and you're done!