12 Steps on How to Get Along With Headers, Footers & Page Numbers in Microsoft Word 2010

C.R.Misty, the author of the International Boundaries Series | Book 1: Simple Affair and Book 2: Deeply Bound, writes about how to add headers, footers & page numbers in Microsoft Word.

If you are writing a book or you have written a document where you want to add headers, footers & page numbers BUT you don’t want the headers, footers and page numbers to show on your title and copyright pages, these are the steps that I learned on how to do this.

Step 1: Open your Microsoft Word 2010 document.

Step 2: Select The "Home" tab, click on the “Show / Hide” button circled below. You need it set to show all of your spaces, formatting and page breaks.

I highlighted below the items that will show when you click the “Show/Hide” button.

Step 3: in the image below, I circled where I put my pointer. What I am doing on the screen is I am placing my pointer where I want to add a "Section Break". A section break divides your document into sections. So in my document I want a "Section Break" there because in my second section is where I want my Headers and Footers to start and I want my page numbers to display. I don’t want headers, footers and page numbers to display on my title and copyright pages.

Step 4: Click “Page Layout” tab circled below.

Step 5: Click “Breaks” button circled below.

Step 6: In the “Breaks” menu, click “Next Page” highlighted in the image below.

I highlighted the Section break below that was added to the document once you complete the step. Note when I started I had a “Page Break” and so I have just deleted my “Page Break” since it is no longer needed for the page in the image.

I have divided my document into two sections and now I want to add headers, footers and page numbers to my second section.

Step 7: Click “Insert” tab as you see in the image below then select, “Header”, a drop down menu appears as seen in the image below and choose a format you want. (I selected the first option & centered my text afterwards)

Step 8: When you complete the previous step a “Design” tab will open, see below image, highlighted in green. Also, look at the image noting that my title page shows the Header as “Section 1” and on my Chapter 1 page, the header shows as “Section 2”. I want to leave my “Section 1” header blank and add text to the “Section 2” header.

Step 9: Place your pointer into “Section 2” Header and type the text that you want. I entered “C.R. Misty” and then centered the text. Note: that in the image below the highlight “Link to Previous” Make sure that this is NOT selected because what it will do is put your “Section 2” Header text into “Section 1”.

Step 10: My document in the images is a book that I wrote and I wanted different headers on the odd and even pages. Make sure that you check “Different Odd & Even Pages” highlighted below and again when you put your odd and even headers in double check that “Link to Previous” is NOT selected.

At this point, you have now created two Sections and you have added odd and even Headers to “Section 2” of your document. Next is adding Page numbers.

Step 11: Put your pointer where you want your page numbers to start. In the image below, I put my pointer in “Even Page Footer Section 2” & while still on the “Design” Tab, select “Page Number” button then select “Current Position”. In my document, it added the page number 4 and the following “Even Page Footer Section 2” followed suit with page numbers (6, 8, 10, 12 etc) Note: Again make sure “Link to Previous” is NOT selected.
Step 12: Repeat step 11 for the odd numbers by clicking in “Odd Page Footer Section 2”

Once you are done adding your Headers, Footers & Page numbers you can uncheck the “Show/Hide” button to see what your work looks like. I have included a couple of images below to show you what my document looks like after completing the above steps.
In the image below note that my two top pages have no numbering because I sectioned it off. That is my “Section 1”. The bottom left pages is also a title page and you can see there is no header. My Header starts in “Section 2”, which is Chapter 1 of my document.

The second image below is scrolled down partway so that you can see my page numbers. Page 4 starts on my Chapter 1 page.

Now you should be a pro at this!

About the Author: C.R. Misty is currently writing a romance trilogy. Her books are available online at Kindle, Nook, Kobo, ibook, inktera, OverDrive, Amazon & Createspace


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