How to insert header and footer in Microsoft Word

It could be very useful to add a header or footer in your Word document. Here you can write information such as the name of the author, date, or page numbers. In this article, you will learn how to insert header and footer in Microsoft Word. You will also learn how to edit, close your header and footer, and make the first page different.

First, we will start by focusing on how to insert a header or footer in Microsoft Word. A header appears at the top of each page. A footer appears at the bottom of each page, where you will most likely write your page numbers. There are two options of inserting a header or footer on your page.

Option 1: Double-click on the top of any page in your document, and you can already start typing your header. If you want to insert a footer, you have to double-click on the bottom of a page.

Option 2: Go to Insert > click on Header or Footer.

Insert header or footer in Word

It is easy to insert a header or footer in a Word document, but you can also close it. If you are typing something in the header or footer, a new top bar will appear, called Header & Footer Tools. Note that you can only see this bar when you are writing in your header or footer. There are three ways to close a header and footer.

  • Press the ESC button.
  • When you are writing in the header or footer, then you can close it by double-clicking in the middle of your document.
  • If you are in the header, you can click on Close Header and Footer at the top bar’s right end.
Close header and footer

When you insert a header or footer in your Word document, then you can always edit the text. There is also a possibility to add a picture or a small logo in the header.

To edit > Click on header or footer > Use the Header & Footer Tools top bar > Change text > Close Header and Footer

In the Header & Footer Tools, you can make changes in the text or your header and footer position. You can always remove the header or footer by deleting everything you have written in there. Or you can click on Header > then select Edit Header or Remove Header.

Edit header and footer in Word

If you have a front page in your document, you don’t want the header and footer to appear. That is why there is an option to make the first page in your paper differently.

First, you have to click on the header or footer in your document. In the top bar Header & Footer Tools, there is an option to click on the Different First Page.

First page without header and footer

Now you can choose to write nothing in the header and footer of your first page. The first page’s header and footer will not be the same as the rest of your entire document. So you can write a different text in the header and footer on the first page.

Conclusion

Now you have learned how to insert header and footer in Microsoft Word. You also know how to edit header and footer. You can make the front page differently by changing the header or footer on your document’s first page.

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