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Add Line Numbers in Word – Instructions

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Add Line Numbers in Word - Instructions: A picture of the “Line Numbers” dialog box in Word.

Add Line Numbers in Word: Overview

            You may need to add line numbers in Word to a document. Fortunately, Word makes this an easy task. To add line numbers in Word, first click the “Layout” tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “Line Numbers” drop-down button in the “Page Setup” button group to display a list of options.

            There are five preset options in this menu and a “Line Numbering Options” command. The “None,” “Continuous,” “Restart Each Page,” “Restart Each Section” and “Suppress for Current Paragraph” options are for preset line numbering. You can click a choice to choose the option that best suits your needs. To apply custom line numbering instead, choose the “Line Numbering Options…” command from the “Line Numbers” drop-down button’s menu.

            After clicking this command, the “Page Setup” dialog box then opens and shows its “Layout” tab. Then click the “Line Numbers…” button at the bottom of the dialog box to open the “Line Numbers” dialog box.

Add Line Numbers in Word - Instructions: A picture of the “Line Numbers” dialog box in Word.

Add Line Numbers in Word – Instructions: A picture of the “Line Numbers” dialog box in Word.

            In this dialog box, check the “Add line numbering” checkbox to turn on line numbering. Then set how you want Word to number your document by using the spinner boxes and option buttons. After setting your custom line numbering, click “OK” to apply the settings and close the “Line Numbers” dialog box. Then click “OK” in the “Page Setup” dialog box to return to your document view.

Add Line Numbers in Word: Instructions

  1. To add line numbers in Word, click the “Layout” tab in the Ribbon.
  2. To add preset line numbers, click the “Line Numbers” drop-down button in the “Page Setup” button group.
  3. Then select one of the preset options in the drop-down menu.
  4. Alternatively, to apply custom line numbering, choose the “Line Numbering Options…” command from the “Line Numbers” drop-down button.
  5. Click the “Line Numbers…” button at the bottom of the dialog box to open the “Line Numbers” dialog box.
  6. Then check the “Add line numbering” checkbox to turn on line numbering.
  7. Use the spinner boxes and option buttons to set how Word numbers the lines in your document.
  8. Then click “OK” to set line numbering and close the “Line Numbers” dialog box.
  9. Then click “OK” in the “Page Setup” dialog box to return to your document view.

Add Line Numbers in Word: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Adding Line Numbers,” shows how to add line numbers in Word. This video lesson is from our complete Word tutorial, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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