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Instructions on adding section breaks and setting different page numbers using MS Word on PCs and Macs.
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Instructions for Mac Users

These instructions are for Mac users that have written their senior project (or academic papers) using a current version MS Word.


Step 1

Open your senior project file in MS Word and locate the cursor after your table of contents text and before your introduction page.

Pagination for your senior project should start on the first page of the introduction beginning with page 1. Page numbers should appear in the top right corner with nothing else indicated in the header.


Step 2

You need to first insert a SECTION BREAK which is available in Insert menu under the Break section. You want to select Section Break (Next Page):

This will create a section break for the next page, which should be the start of your introduction. You may need to delete a blank line or two to get things to appear as they did before.


Step 3

Now you can double click in the header section (above your text) on the introduction page - or go to the View menu and select Header and Footer. Once you do this, you will notice that we see Section 2, but it says "Same as Previous" next to it. You need to change this before proceeding! You can change this by toggling off the Link to Previous option which is available under the purple Header and Footer tab in the tool bar:

Click on the checkbox next to Link to Previous to turn off that option:


Step 4

You should see the header for Section 2 is now unlinked from the previous section - this allows us the start adding page numbers beginning with page 1 for this new section. To do this, go to the Insert menu and click on the Page Numbers in the pull down menu:

Now select Top of Page (Header) and Right for the allignment. Also make sure Show number on first page is checked. Next click on Format:

Clicking Format brings up the following box. Click on the radio button for Start at and set the first page to 1 then hit OK:

Hit OK again to insert the page numbers.


Step 5

You should be all set! Your page numbers will begin with page 1 on the first page of your introduction.


Download a Template!

You can also download a template that has this section break already in place after the Title page, acknowledgements and Table of Contents. Go here to download it:


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