How to Use Roman Numeral Page Numbers in Microsoft Word

When you add page numbers to the header or footer in Microsoft Word, then the numbering that is used is likely the standard English numeral system. Use these steps to use Roman numeral page numbers in Microsoft Word.

  1. Open your document in Word.
  2. Select the Insert tab at the top of the window.
  3. Click the Page Numbers button and choose the location for the page numbers.
  4. Click the Page Numbers button again and choose Format Page Numbers.
  5. Click the Number format dropdown and choose a Roman Numeral option.
  6. Click the OK button.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.

Adding page numbers to a document in Microsoft Word is a fairly common requirement for documents created for school or work.

While the default page numbering options may be familiar, it can get a little tricky when you need to do something different or unfamiliar.

For example, certain formatting standards ask you to use roman numeral formatting instead of the default option. You may think that this is something that you need to do manually, but Word actually offers roman numerals as a page numbering option.

Our guide below will show you how to use roman numeral page numbering in Microsoft Word.

How to Number Pages with Roman Numerals in Microsoft Word

The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Select the Insert tab at the top of the window.

click the Insert tab

Step 3: Click the Page Numbers button and choose the desired location for the page numbers. These page numbers are going to be standard English numerals, but we will change that in a second.

add page numbers

Step 4: Click the Page Numbers button and choose the Format Page Numbers option.

choose Format page numbers

Step 5: Click the Number format dropdown menu and choose your preferred roman numeral style.

how to use Roman numeral page numbers in Microsoft Word

Step 6: Click the OK button when you’re done. Your page numbers should now be Roman numerals.

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