How to get rid of the {page} field

I was trying to solve a page-numbering problem. during my research I learned of the {page} field. I also learned I could add these using Quick Parts.
     Here is my problem: Now when I try to add a page number, it adds this:   {page \*mergeformat}
     I want to reset my Word so that when I try to add a page number, it actually adds a real, bona-fide page number, and not some field. I deleted the normal.dotm file. I'm still having this problem. I restarted my PC, I'm still having this problem.
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GrahamSkanConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
Reliable Page numbering needs to be done with a Page field,
What you see is the field code. Try using the Alt+F9 toggle to see what number the field calculates for the page number.
john8217Author Commented:
That fixed it! Thank you.
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