Thesis Page Numbering
1. Divide thesis into sections
a. Section 1
• Title page
• Copyright page (optional)
b. Section 2 Front Matter
• Unsigned Submittal Page (always page ii)
• Abstract (always page iii)
• Table of Contents
• List of Figures
• List of Tables
• List of Equations (if applicable)
• List of Symbols (if applicable)
• Acknowledgments
• Dedication Page (if applicable)
c. Body of Thesis
• Chapters –Chapter 1 is always page 1
• References
• Bibliography (if applicable)
• Appendices (if applicable)

2. Add section break at the end of each section
a. Click at the end of the last page of a section
b. Click Page Layout > Breaks > Next Page.




3. View Section Breaks:
• To see where the breaks are located, or
• To remove a section break (click before the break>delete), if necessary
a. Click Home > In the Paragraph Section, Click



b. The section breaks will look like this:

4. Unlink section 2 from section 1. Since section 1 does not have page
numbers, this wil al ow you to start page numbering in section 2.
Note: You should do this before adding page numbers.
a. Double-click in the footer area of the unsigned Submittal Page
(beginning of section 2)
b. Word displays the Design tab under Header & Footer Tools.
c. In the Navigation area, click Link to Previous to turn it off and unlink
the footer in section 2 from section 1 (the previous section).

5. Add Page numbers
a. Go to the unsigned Submittal Page
b. Click Insert >Page Number > Plain Number 2 (Centered-bottom of
page)


c.

d. Format Page Numbers in Sections 2 and 3.
• You do not need to format page numbers in section 1,
because it does not have page numbers.

e. Format page numbers in section 2 with lower case Roman
numerals.
• Double click in the Footer area of the unsigned Submittal
Page (if the footer is already open, you do not need to
double click, just click once in the footer)
• Click Insert > Page Number > Format Page Number
o Number Format = i, ii, iii
o In the Page Numbering Section,
 Start At: ii > OK


f. Format page numbers in section 3 with Arabic numerals
• Double click in the Footer area of Chapter 1
• Click Insert > Page Number > Format Page Number
o Number Format = 1, 2, 3
o In the Page Numbering Section,
 Start At: 1 > OK
6. When you are done formatting page numbers in both sections, click
Close Header/Footer.