How to Format Word 2010 Documents to Restart Numbering

When you use page numbers or numbered lists, Word automatically continues the numbering on subsequent pages and/or lists. This option isn’t always feasible, however, if you’re working on a document that requires different page numbers, or if you’re working with separate groups of numbered lists.

The following tutorial shows you how to change these settings to restart numbering as needed.

Let’s assume you’ve already inserted the page numbers and/or numbered list, and just need to restart the numbering.


Restart Page Numbers

The trick to formatting Word documents for different page numbers is to use section breaks, so we’ll start there.

Step 1: Place your cursor at the start of the page where the restarted page number will begin.

Step 2: Go to the “Page Layout” tab and “Page setup” group.
Restart page numbers for reports, books and other multipage documents in Word.

Step 3: Choose “Breaks” and “Next Page” to insert a section break.

Step 4: With your cursor still on the page you want to renumber, select the “Insert” tab.

Step 5: Go to the “Header & Footer” group and click “Page Number” and “Format Page Numbers.” The Page Number Format dialog box opens.

Step 6: Go to the “Page numbering” section and choose “Start at.”

Step 7: Enter the page number you want to start with. Click “OK.”

Restart Numbering for Numbered Lists

Step 1: Click where you want the numbering to start for your numbered list. This may be in a second table if you’re applying numbers to tables, or at the start of a paragraph.

Step 2: Go to the “Home” tab and “Paragraph” group.

Click the numbered bullet arrow to expand it in Word.Step 3: Click the “Numbered” button’s arrow to expand it.

Step 4: Select “Set Numbering Value.” The Set Numbering Value dialog box opens.

Step 5: Choose the “Start new list” option, and change “Set value to” to 1 or the number you want to start with. Click “OK” to apply the new format.

Restart numbered lists in Word document in the Set Numbering Value dialog box.

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4 Responses to How to Format Word 2010 Documents to Restart Numbering

  1. Adrienne says:

    I haven’t upgraded to 2010 yet, I still have 2007 but for what I use it for it will do for now. I’ll have to upgrade in the future though, stay current you know.

    I hate these features and I wish they would leave them all off and let us turn them on ourselves. That’s the smart way to do that.

    Thanks Allyson…

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    • allyson says:

      Hi, Adrienne. Thanks for stopping by.

      I totally agree with you on the upgrades, and I wouldn’t upgrade if I didn’t have to. Although a lot of the changes are good, it takes time to find where everything is repositioned.

      Thanks for the comment, my friend. Hope you’re having a wonderful day.


  2. Thomas says:

    Hi Allyson
    This is one of the things that I have been struggling with in Office 2010. Thank you for this guide I am sure a lot of people will find it very useful.
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    • allyson says:

      Hi, Thomas, and welcome. Great to see you here.

      I’m so glad to hear that the tutorial helped. Numbering is sometimes tricky in Office 2010.
      Thanks so much for your kind words.

      Hope you have a wonderful rest of the day!


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