How to Number Pages in Microsoft Word for APA Format

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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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