It can be handy to use Insert, Page Numbers to quickly add page numbers to a document.

Once you have added page numbers, you can use Insert, Page Numbers again to change the format (for example to i, ii, iii, … for front matter).

  1. If your document is divided into sections (section: A portion of a document in which you set certain page formatting options. You create a new section when you want to change such properties as line numbering, number of columns, or headers and footers.), click in a section or select multiple sections in which you want to change the page number format.
  2. On the Insert menu, click Page Numbers.
  3. Click Format.
  4. In the Number format box, click the format you want.

The online help suggests that you can select multiple sections and apply the change to all of them together. In practice, it seems that only the section at the end of the selection has the change applied.