Don't let page numbers be an afterthought. Functional, yes, but make them an interesting part of your overall design as well. Numbers in the corners or centered top or bottom are the most common placement although centered on the side or off-centered page numbering is possible. Possibilities for dressing up the page numbers are endless.
Page numbers that change locations within a document or that change styles are disconcerting to readers.
Use Corners, Top, or Bottom.Numbers in the lower or upper corners are most common but if it works with your design, consider placement in the bottom or top center or centered to the side.
Number All Pages.When you must omit page numbers from some pages try not to skip the numbering on more that 2-3 consecutive pages.
Put Numbers in the Margins.Postion page numbers outside the main text of the document so that they don't interfere with the flow of text.
Use Opposite Corners.For facing pages when page numbers appear in the corners, place them in the opposite corners for odd/even pages.
Avoid Inside Corners.
Position page numbers to the outside edges (or center) of pages, not the inside corners.
Make Page Numbers Interesting.
Try some of these design methods.
- Set apart page numbers with rules above or below.
- Place numbers in a box, circle, or other shape.
- Reverse the page number out of a solid or tinted box or other shape.
- Use one of your spot colors for the page numbers.
- Bracket the page number with plain or decorative dingbats.