How to add page numbers to a PDF with Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

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In a recent question here at Experts Exchange, a member asked how to add page numbers to a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat XI Pro. This short video Micro Tutorial shows how to do it.

Video Steps

1. Click the Tools button

That will expose the Tools pane.


2. Click the Pages arrow

That will expand the Pages section.


3. Click the Header & Footer drop-down

That will show three menu choices.


4. Click the Add Header & Footer... menu item

You will now have the Add Header and Footer dialog.


5. Select the Page Number format

Click the Page Number and Date Format... link.


6. Select the font for the page number


7. Set other options

There are several other features in the dialog, including Appearance Options, Margin sizes, and Page Range Options.

8. Select the location for the page number

Click in one of these six boxes: Left Header Text, Center Header Text, Right Header Text, Left Footer Text, Center Footer Text, Right Footer Text.


9. Add the page numbers

Click the Insert Page Number button and then click OK. Note that it's also possible to insert a Date (and format it, too).

That's it! You now have page numbers in your PDF file. Remember to Save the file or do a Save As if you don't want to overwrite the original PDF.

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