Restore headers, footers, and margins

When you open a document, is the insertion point at the top left corner of the page, as if there were no top margin or header (header and footer: A header, which can consist of text or graphics, appears at the top of every page in a section. A footer appears at the bottom of every page. Headers and footers often contain page numbers, chapter titles, dates, and author names.)? Or is the header or footer missing from the first page of your document?

Missing white space

No top margin in print layout view

The setting for showing white space between pages may have been turned off. To show white space between pages, do the following:

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the View tab.
  3. Under Print and Web Layout options, select the White space between pages (Print view only) check box.

Missing headers and footers on the first page

If you see headers and footers on every page except the first page, the Different first page option may be selected.

  1. Make sure you're in print layout view.
  2. If your document is divided into sections, click in a section or select multiple sections in which you want the header or footer to appear on the first page.
  3. On the File menu, click Page Setup, and then click the Layout tab.
  4. Clear the Different first page check box.


  • Headers and footers appear only in print layout view, print preview, and in printed documents.
  • When you save your document as a Web page, the headers and footers no longer appear or print. However, they are retained in the Web document so that they appear when you go back to the .doc format of the document. If you create a Web page that uses frames, you can also create a header or footer by adding a header frame or a footer frame.
Applies to:
Word 2003