How to Add or Remove Line Numbers in MS Word – 2022

A line number is a sequence starting from inside the margin for each line of the document, unlike numbered list in the document.

Start each line in a document by using these numbers in the margin for your further quick reference even when the content starts with Bulleted or Numbered List.

These include Continues, Restart Each Page, Restart Each Section, and Suppress for Current Paragraph.

To get started, go to the Layout (Word 2013 and later versions) or Page Layout tab (Word 2010 and earlier versions) of the Page Setup group.

How to Add or Remove Line Numbers in MS Word

Continue Line Numbers:

To start each line in a document with a serial number for your reference, do the following.

Enter the contents you want, and then click on the “Line Numbers” and select “Continues”

Continues - Line Numbers in MS-Word
Continues Numbers in MS Word

Restart Each Page:

To start each line on each page of a document with a serial number in the margin for your further reference, do the following.

Enter the contents as much as you want, and then click on “Line Numbers” and select “Restart Each Page”

Restart Each Page
Restart Each Page

Restart Each Section:

To Restart Each Section in a document with a serial number in the margin for your further reference, do the following.

Restart Each Section
Restart Each Section

Enter the contents you want. 

Then click on the Line Numbers → Continues → Select “Restart Each Section”.

After that, place the cursor at the beginning of the paragraph that you want to Restart the line number for the current paragraph.

Continues Section break for restart each section
Continues Section break for restart each section

Then go to the Layout tab in Word 2013 and later versions, or go to the Page Layout tab in Word 2010 and earlier versions. 

Afterwards, click one break and select “Continues” under “Section Breaks”.

Suppress for Current Paragraph:

To remove numbers for the current paragraph of a document in the margin, do the following.

Removing Line Numbers using Suppress for Current Paragraph
Removing Line Numbers using Suppress for the Current Paragraph

After entering the content, select Continues or Restart Each Page under the Line Numbers.

Then place the cursor at the beginning of the paragraph where you want to remove the Line Numbers.

Then click on the Line Numbers and select the “Suppress for Current Paragraph”.

Suppress for Current Paragraph
Suppress for Current Paragraph

What is a Line Number in Word

Start each line in a document by using the Line Numbers in the margin for your further quick reference even when the content starts with a Bulleted or Numbered List. These include Continues, Restart Each Page, Restart Each Section, and Suppress for Current Paragraph.

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