Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Changing Headers and Footers.

Changing Headers and Footers

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 20, 2017)

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You can easily change the text in a header or footer by using the Header/Footer option from the View menu, in the following manner:

  1. Display the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click either the Header or Footer tool in the Header & Footer group. Word displays a list of options.
  3. Click Edit Header or Edit Footer, depending on what you selected in step 2. Word activates either the header or footer area of the page.
  4. Change the contents of the header or footer in the same manner as you edit normal text in your document.
  5. Click on the Close Header and Footer tool (on the Design tab of the ribbon) when you are done making changes.

You should note that if your page already has headers or footers, you should be able to see them on your screen. To modify the header or footer, you can simply double-click on the area you want to change.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7918) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Changing Headers and Footers.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 7 - 1?

2017-01-26 09:40:11

David Settle

Basically, tip does not work totally. Have doc with 58 pages & a header on each. Just want to change few words in header.

That Microsoft does not make this simple is appalling & a testament to how pathetic that company is.

When following instructions, puts the new header in new location, only on one page & leaves all other headers the same. Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic to put people thru this. Well done to Microsoft


2016-09-28 12:09:07

Sabrina

I am editing my footer in a document with 15 pages and for some reason it is only changing the first two pages, why is this happening, I would like all pages to match please - help!


2013-05-20 08:29:50

Jane

This tip is very helpful, especially Brian's comment - I've just tried it and it works - thanks!


2013-05-13 07:30:39

Bryan

Even if you don't already have headers and footers in your document, you can still edit them by double clicking near the top or bottom of the page.


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