How to change starting page number in Excel 2010

This post is in reply to the query posted by a reader that

My footer is starting with zero. Why?
I want it to start with one.

Excel 2010 footer page number by default starts with number 1and you can change the starting page number using the Page Setup option.

Step 1: Click the File menu and navigate to Print option.

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Step 2: In the Print screen, click the Page Setup link available at the bottom.

Step 3: This would display the following Page Setup window.

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Enter the starting page number for you footer in the First page number field. If you want to have the default behavior then keep the value as auto.

Step 4: Click OK button to confirm and save the changes.

By this way you can customize the starting page number in Excel 2010.

In Category: Excel 2010, Office 2010

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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  • Gerard Stancey July 30, 2012, 11:17 pm

    thanks for beneficial recommendations and just excellent information

  • Roy Devani July 2, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Excellent help – simple and straight to the point. I have spent hours earlier looking for the answer using Microsoft help, but to no avail.

  • Lahiru September 7, 2013, 1:41 pm

    thanks for help.

  • Mat November 25, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Thanks for the tip, very helpful. As an aside, to get to the setup page a little easier go to the Page Layout tab and click on the little square with an arrow in the right bottom corner of the Page Setup group.

  • Ravi Shankar November 25, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Thank you

  • SeisaT June 4, 2014, 2:47 pm

    This works fine if you only want to assign a page number only – i.e Page 4. However, if you want to insert the total number of pages as well – i.e. Page 4 of 8, it reflects the page numbers as Page 4 of 4; Page 5 of 4; Page 6 of 4 etc. How do you get it to increment the page numbers appropriately?

  • Ernie Laughlin April 14, 2016, 12:41 am

    I follow the procedure but no numbers show up on my preview or printed sheets. What I really want to do is have SC-15 be the first page number, then SC-16, etc. for a 6-page document, using either page numbers or footers. Any ideas?

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