How-To Fix “Misnumbered” Pages in MS Word

If you have a MS Word document that has page numbers that are “misnumbered”, there is a simple solution.

First a little background info and an example of what I’m talking about. MS Word numbers pages based on sections. So if you have more than one section in your document it can throw off you page numbering. For example, I have a document that currently consists of three sections. This is because one of the pages is in landscape mode while the others are all in portrait mode. And since this page is somewhere in the middle of the document, the page numbers go 17 of 28, 0 of 28, 0 of 28, 1 of 28, etc. (Fig. 1)

Figure 1

The solution is actually quite simple. Right-click on the page number that is off, so the 0 in 0 of 28 in the example above. Select “Format Page Numbers…” and in the dialog box that opens, select “Continue from previous section”, then click “OK” (Fig. 2)

Figure 2

Now your page numbers should continue as expected. (Fig. 3)

Figure 3

I hope this helps.

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Mike is a System Administrator with over 20 years of experience in I.T. and has worked with large companies, small companies, and government entities. His experience includes implementing/deploying/maintaining desktops/laptops, servers, networks, virtualization and storage.

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