How to start page number at 2 (or different number) in Excel?

The page numbers begin at 1 by default in Excel. However, for example, there has already been a cover page, and you want to start the page number at 2 in your worksheet, how could you solve it? In this article, I will introduce the solution to insert page numbers starting at 2 or any different numbers in Excel.

Start page number at 2 (or different number) in Excel

Start page number at 2 (or different number) in Excel

This method will guide you to insert page numbers which are starting at 2 or any different number in a worksheet. Please do as follows:

1. Enable the specified worksheet you will insert page numbers, and click Insert > Header & Footer. See screenshot:

2. Go ahead to click Design > Page Number. See screenshot:

Now the page numbers are inserted at the header.

3. Click out the header box, and then click the anchor at the bottom-right corner of the Page Setup group on the Page Layout tab. See screenshot:

4. In the popping Page Setup dialog box, under Page tab, please type 2 or any different number in the First page number box, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

Now you will see the page numbers start at 2 or any different number as you specified in the specified worksheet.

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    Darren · 1 years ago
    This works just fine and thanks for the guide. However, I always number my pages as X of Y and when I do this the Y number is always 1 higher than the actual total. Any suggestions?
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      kellytte · 1 years ago
      Hi Darren,
      When I insert the headers as &[Page] of &[Pages], and configure the page number starts at 2, the total number of pages is correct.
      More information about this problem can help us solve it. Thanks!