Applicable to: Office 365, 2019, 2016, 2013; Windows 10, 7
Last updated: September 2018
Here’s a note we got from our reader, Diana:
I work as a business analyst and often use Microsoft Word and Google Docs to author management reports which i submit to my management chain. The documents i create have a custom header which typically displays 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 name information. I guess my question is whether what i am asking is even possible in Office 365 version 2016 and Google Docs. In summary: can i set my document header and footer and ensure that it appears only in the first page only?
We’ll start by explaining the process for Microsoft Word (both Windows and MAC OSX); then we’ll provide a similar process for Google Docs documents.
To set a custom Header and have it appearing only in your document first page, 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.
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.
Getting rid of both header and footer text starting the second page in both Google Docs and Word is pretty common, and actually done in the same way we just shown.
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: