Position page numbers outside the header or footer

Make sure you've inserted page numbers by using the Page Numbers command on the Insert menu. Microsoft Word inserts page numbers in frames (frame: A container that you can resize and position anywhere on the page. To position text or graphics that contain comments, footnotes, endnotes, or certain fields, you must use a frame instead of a text box.), which you can position anywhere on the page.

  1. On the View menu, click Header and Footer.
  2. If you positioned the page numbers at the bottom of the page, click Switch Between Header and Footer Button image on the Header and Footer toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.).
  3. Select the frame around the page number.


  1. Click the page number to make its frame appear.

Frame around a page number

  1. Move the pointer over the frame's border until the pointer becomes a four-headed arrow, and then click to see the frame's sizing handles (sizing handle: One of the small circles or squares that appears at the corners and sides of a selected object. You drag these handles to change the size of the object.).

Sizing handles on the frame around a page number

  1. Drag the frame and page number to a new location.


Applies to:
Word 2003