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Tips and Tricks - Word



Line Numbers

If you are in the legal industry and you use numbered pleading paper, you know how helpful this can be when referencing text by using the line number.

This method of locating text can be used in any Word document by turning on line numbering then turning it off when you are done.

You can display or remove line numbers in an open Word document by using the settings of the Page Setup dialog box. To view line numbers, the document must be displayed in print layout view.

To display line numbers

  1. Start Word. A new, blank document opens.
  2. Type some text in the document. Make sure that the text is more than one line in length.
  3. On the View menu, click Print Layout.
  4. On the File menu, click Page Setup.
  5. In the Page Setup dialog box, click the Layout tab and then click Line Numbers.
  6. Select the Add line numbering check box.
  7. Click OK and then click OK again. Line numbers are displayed on the left side of the document.

To remove line numbers

  1. Repeat steps 4 and 5.
  2. Clear the Add line numbering check box, and then click OK twice to close the dialog boxes. The line numbers are removed.


  • To start line numbering at a number other than 1, change the number in the Start at box in the Line Numbers dialog box.
  • To change line numbers from multiples of one to different multiples, such as multiples of five (5...10...15 and so on), change the number in the Count by box in the Line Numbers dialog box.
  • To change the numbering behavior, in the Line Numbers dialog box, click the Restart each page option, Restart each section option, or Continuous option.