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How to Number Pages in Microsoft Word for APA Format


Numbering the pages for a paper or book is important so that even if pages are mixed up, the reader can know what order they should go in. APA format, developed by the American Psychological Association, is used primarily with social science, nursing and business papers -- although the style can be used for other papers. APA style has specific rules for numbering pages. Page numbers must start with the title or cover page of the paper and should be located in the top right corner of each page. It’s easy to add page numbers in Microsoft Word.

Select “Insert."

Click on “Page Number." A drop-down menu should appear.

Choose the selection that aligns page numbers on the right side of the page.

Click on “Close Header and Footer." Your pages will now be numbered.

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Melissa Hamilton began writing professionally in 2007. She has enjoyed cooking creatively in the kitchen from a young age. In addition to writing cooking articles for various publications, she currently works in the restaurant industry as a food and beverage trainer.