Using Headers and Footers in Word 2007

Many people have finally made the switch to the Vista or Windows 7 operating system, and the accompanying Office 2007 suite of popular programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. For those who have upgraded, one of the most frustrating things about going to Office 2007 is figuring out where all those tools that used to live under menus now live on the new toolbar named the “Office Ribbon.”

Take, for example, the insertion of headers and footers. You used to be able to simply go to the View menu, select Header and Footer, and instantly start working with the header and footer text.

With Word 2007, header and footer editing now falls under the Insert tab, under the Header and Footer group (see image below).

You can either select from a series of pre-designed headers and footers, or you can custom design your own. To use the pre-designed ones, just click the header or footer design you want and it will be inserted on every page of your document.

To customize a header or footer, click Edit Header or Edit Footer. Go to the Insert group on the Design tab, under the Header & Footer Tools tab, in order to insert text or graphics.


To make a unique header or footer for your first page, go to the first page of your document and double click the header or footer. Then, under Header & Footer Tools on the Design tab, in the Options group, select the Different First Page check box.

If you don’t want any header or footer on your first page, go to the first page of your document and double click the header or footer. Then, under Header & Footer Tools on the Design tab, in the Options group, select the Different First Page check box. Delete the contents of the header or footer from the First Page Header or First Page Footer area.

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