Effortlessly Learn How to Add a Header in Word

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How to Add a Header in Microsoft Word

Hi there, I’m Tracy! Today we’re going to tackle a common task that’s essential to document formatting – adding a header in Microsoft Word. Let’s break it down into simple and easy-to-follow steps.

What is a Header?

A header is a section of a document that appears at the top of each page. It often contains the title of the document, the author’s name, or page numbers. Headers are especially useful for longer documents as they aid in navigation and overall consistency.

Steps to Add a Header in Word

Step 1: Open Your Word Document

Open the document you want to add a header to. Move your cursor to the top of the first page.

Step 2: Click on ‘Insert’ Tab

In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on the ‘Insert’ tab.

Step 3: Click on ‘Header’

In the drop-down menu that appears, click on the ‘Header’ option.

Step 4: Choose Your Header Style

Choose the style of the header you want to use from the gallery that pops up. You can select a simple style or go for one that includes ready-made areas for the document title, subtitles, or additional information.

Step 5: Insert Text into Header

Once you’ve selected your header style, you can write your text directly into it. You can also edit the format of your text (font, size, color, and so on) using the Home tab in the menu bar.

Step 6: Close Header

When you’re done customizing your header, double-click anywhere outside the header area to close it and save your changes.


And that’s it! You’ve successfully added a header to your Word document. Simple and useful, right?

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