Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. 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: Putting Document Names in Headers or Footers.

Putting Document Names in Headers or Footers

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 28, 2019)

When you print your document, it is often a good idea to include the document name in the header or footer. This allows you, at a later date, to recall the name of the file in which the document is stored. To include document names in the header or footer, follow these steps:

  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. Position the insertion point where you want to include the filename.
  5. The Insert tab of the ribbon should still be displayed. Click the Quick Parts tool (in the Text group) and then choose Field. Word displays the Field dialog box.
  6. From the Categories list select the Document Information category. (See Figure 1.)
  7. Figure 1. The Field dialog box.

  8. From the Field Name list, select FileName.
  9. Click on OK. The filename of the current document will be inserted at the insertion point; it will automatically change if you save the document under another name.
  10. Click on Close.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8138) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Putting Document Names in Headers or Footers.

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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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