Most appellate briefs have different sections with different types of page numbers. To set up the sections, see the parts of this LibGuide on Preparing Your Document. The typical brief has:
Our instructions will show you how to set up this page numbering system in your own document, as well as give basic numbering instructions for less-complicated documents.
Once you have your different sections set up, go to the first page of your Table of Contents. Double-click in the footer section to bring up the Header/Footer tools pane. Make sure that "Link to Previous" is not highlighted:
At the top left of the screen, chose Page Number > Format Page Number > Number Format. For Table of Contents and Table of Authorities, you will typically want lowercase Roman numerals, so select that style. To exit, just double-click anywhere outside the footer area. Repeat for any other sections you want to number separately.
To insert basic page numbers, Insert > Page Number. Then choose whether to place at the top or bottom of the page (the standard placement in legal writing is at the bottom center of the page). Word will give you several different formatting options, but typically in legal writing, it is best to stick with simple formatting.
To start with a number other than "1", choose Insert > Page Number > Page Number Format > Start At (then select the page number you want to start with). You can also use this same dialog box to change the page numbers to lower case Roman numerals, letters, etc.
Once you have inserted page numbers, you can always go back and edit or remove them. Assuming you placed the page numbers at the bottom of the page -- in the footer -- Insert > Footer > Edit Footer. You may also need to access the Footers when setting up your sections in your document. Once you are done editing, click the red "Close Header and Footer" button at the top of the page to leave it and go back to the main document text.
To add page numbers, View > Print Layout > Document Elements > Page #. Pick the layout you want -- with legal drafting, the standard pagination is a simple Arabic numeral at the bottom center of the page.
To change formatting or styles of page numbers once they are inserted, View > Print Layout > Document Elements > Page # > Style.
Once you have your different sections set up, go to the section of the brief you want to number separately. Typically, this is the Table of Contents/Table of Authorities section, and you want to insert lower case Roman numerals at the bottom center of the page. To do that, once you are in the section, put your cursor in Document Elements > Header & Footer subtab > Page # > Position > Alignment > check "Show on first page". Then click Format > Number Format > select "i, ii, iii ..." > Start at > OK > OK
To then have regular Arabic numerals starting with number 1 for the body of the brief, make sure your cursor is in that section, then Document Elements > Header and Footer > Page # > Select a Position > Select an Alignment > check "Show on first page". Then click Format > Number Format > select "1, 2, 3 ..." > Start at > OK > OK.
If a page number appears on the cover page, place your cursor in the cover page, Document Elements > Header & Footer > Page # > de-select "Show number on first page" and the number should disappear.