How to display the header and footer text only on my Word 2016 document first page?


Here’s a note we got from our reader, Diana:

I am using Microsoft Word 2016 to author a report. My question is whether i can set my header and footer to appear only in the first page only?

Here’s our answer:

To have Header and Footer appearing only in the First Page:



First, we’ll define the header and footer:

  • Open Word 2016, type the contents in your document.
  • Click Insert, select Header and click on anyone type of Headers.

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  • Type your content in the given space for your Header.
  • Click Insert again, select Footer and click on anyone type of Footers.

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  • Type your content in the given space for Footer.
  • Click Design in the ribbon and select Close Header and Footer.

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  • Now, move the cursor to the end of page one and click on it.
  • Click Layouts, select Break and click Next page in the drop down box.

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  • Double click on the Header in page two and deselect Link to previous in the Design ribbon.
  • Delete the Header contents in page two.
  • Double click on the footer in page two and deselect Link to previous in the Design ribbon.

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  • Delete the footer contents in page two. Do the same as needed for other pages in your document.
  • Now your header (and footer) text appears only in your first page.

Thanks for reading :-)

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