Applicable to: Office 365, 2019, 2016, 2013; Google Docs. Windows 10, 8 and 7
Last updated: November 2019
Here’s a note we got from our reader, Diana:
I work as a business analyst and often use Microsoft Word as well as Google Docs to author some performance tracking reports which i submit to my management chain so that they can take action. The documents i create have a custom header in which i typically input the report name, its author, date it was written and so on. In the subsequent pages, i would like to display / keep only the report (file) name information. I guess my question is whether what i am asking is even possible either in my desktop Office 365 version? If not, is it a feature offered in Google Docs. In summary: can i set my document header and footer and show it in the first page only?
Sure. Here’s a simple tutorial to explain how to put customer headers for Microsoft Word (both Windows and macOS); then we’ll provide a similar tutorial for Google Docs documents.
Proceed as following:
The procedure for making a custom first page footer is similar to the one we just outlined for the header.
From the Ribbon, hit Insert and then Footer, and the set your own design. Use the process outlined in the section below.
Chances are, that similarly to our reader who asked this question; you might need a different footer/header from page two onward. All you’ll need to do is after setting your custom cover page header/footer and before closing the header design tab, to go ahead and define a different header/footer for the second page. This will be shown in every subsequent page in your Word file. Once done, close the header design tab.
You can use the Different Odd & Even Pages check box to specify different header and footer setting depending on page numbers being odd or even.
Limiting the footer to the first page only is essentially similar to the process we just highlighted for the header.
The only difference, is that you’ll access the footer by selecting: Insert, then Header and page number and then go ahead and select Footer.
Here’s an example of a custom footer for your Google docs document opening page.
In Google Docs it’s quite easy to show page numbers starting the second page.
Under the page Number dialog, you can simply select the numbering format that matches your needs as shown below: