How to Make a Header Visible at All Times on MS Word Docs


A header at the top of a Microsoft Word document can be a number of things to readers: It can tell them what they're reading, where they are in the document, who wrote it and even options such as the date the file was created. One benefit of using headers is that they automatically appear on each page. You'll only have to configure a header once, but once you do, that header becomes visible at all times, no matter how many pages you add to the Word document.

  • Open Microsoft Word. To add an always-visible header to an existing document, click the "File" tab. Select "Open" and browse to the document, then double-click it.

  • Click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Header" button on the ribbon below the tab.

  • Select one of the headers, such as the first option, "Blank" -- which really isn't blank. Word automatically adds the header across the top of any page or pages already in the document.

  • Click into the header section and the new "Header Tools" tab and toolbar appear at the top of the work area. Replace the placeholder text in the header with your own information, such as document title and author.

  • Click the red "Close Header" "X" button on the ribbon and the header editing section grays out and you are returned to the document with the header visible.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's actually Microsoft Word's default to show headers at all times. It's when you don't want them to show, or when you require different headers on different pages, that requires additional work.

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