Applying Advanced Header and Footer Options in Microsoft Word

Learn how in six simple steps

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By default, Microsoft Word inserts the same header and footer on all pages of a document. However, there are options for changing this. Word allows you to have different headers or footers for odd and even pages. Or you can have a different header and footer for the first page of a document.

These options will suffice for most situations. However, you may want a single page in the middle of your document to have a different header or footer.

Or, you may want a section of your document to have different headers and footers.

You could split the document into several different files. But this creates problems with AutoText entries, particularly page numbering. Instead, you can create different sections in your document. You can insert headers and footers that differ from other sections.

You can set up the sections before or after you begin inserting headers and footers.

The Six Steps

1. Position your cursor where you would like a new section to begin
2. From the File menu, select Page Setup
3. Open the Layout tab
4. In the drop-down box labeled Section start, select New page
5. In the Headers and footers section, select Different odd and even or Different first page if necessary
6. Beside Apply to: select This point forward. Or, if you have already inserted sections in the document, you should select This section
 

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Marshall, James. "Applying Advanced Header and Footer Options in Microsoft Word." ThoughtCo, Oct. 17, 2016, thoughtco.com/applying-advanced-header-and-footer-options-3539973. Marshall, James. (2016, October 17). Applying Advanced Header and Footer Options in Microsoft Word. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/applying-advanced-header-and-footer-options-3539973 Marshall, James. "Applying Advanced Header and Footer Options in Microsoft Word." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/applying-advanced-header-and-footer-options-3539973 (accessed January 20, 2018).