Video:Microsoft Word Header and Footerwith Don Schechter
Learn how you can make your Microsoft Word documents look professional and polished by managing the header and footer content that frames each page.See Transcript
Transcript:Microsoft Word Header and FooterHi. I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing.
Today I will show you how to use the header and footer in a Microsoft Word Document.
Finding Headers & FootersFirst open a new document by going to File, New. Or you can open an old document by going to File, Open, and choosing your file. I will open a pre-existing document. Once your file is open, go to View and click on Header/Footer.
A box will appear at the top and bottom of every page in your document. Also notice a toolbox will appear on your page. The rest of your document will go gray and you will not be able to change it while the Header and Footer toolbox is open. If you want to change something in the body of your document, click Close on the toolbox.
Format Headers & Footers- Page NumbersNow, to format your header and footer, click on Insert AutoText. A drop down menu will appear and you can choose from the list what you want on your header and footer. If you do not want AutoText, you can choose to put just the page numbers by clicking the Insert Page Number button. This will number your pages in the top left corner.
Format Headers & Footers- AlignmentIf you prefer, you can change the alignment using the alignment buttons at the top of the screen. To delete anything in your header/footer, press the backspace key twice.
Custom NumberingThe Format Page Number button will be important if you do not want any header or footer on the first page of your document. Click it and a window will appear. Click the type of page numbers you want, then click on what page number you would like the counting to begin, (usually the second page, but it could start on the third or fourth depending on if you have a table of contents etc.)
Date & Time in Headers & FootersYou can also insert the Date or the Time with buttons on the Header/Footer tool bar. In addition, you can adjust your page setup with the page setup button.
Tips for Working in Headers & FootersThere is a button to show or hide your main body of text, if that is distracting to you while making your Header/Footers. The next button will switch between the header and footer of the page you are on. Notice that you can also use the last two buttons to switch to the next or last Header/Footer. Using Headers and Footers are important when writing long documents for school or work.
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