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Headers and footers: From basic to elaborate

Comb bound booklet with headers and footers
Find out how to add headers and footers to Microsoft® Word documents, from basic ones that appear on every page to more elaborate ones that differ from page to page or document section to document section.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and three practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Add basic headers and footers to your document, such as consecutive page numbers, author, title, and date.
  • Edit and delete headers and footers.
  • Insert more elaborate headers and footers, such as those that differ on the first page of your document.
  • Create distinct document sections by using section breaks.

Headers and footers are those little identifiers that run through the top and bottom of your document, providing important background information about it. They can include page numbering, title, author name, chapter number, and date.

Headers and footers can greatly increase the usability of a long document as well as make it look much more professional.

To learn more about this course, read the overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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