How to Copy a Footer From One Section to Another in Microsoft Word

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The information in a Microsoft Word document footer may contain just about anything --- information on a works cited, drilled-down details to help further educate the reader or a side note that didn't fit in the text. Word keeps its footers separated from the rest of the document by dashed line sections that don't actually print but appear on the page. This doesn't lock away the footer information; reuse it throughout a document as required.

  • Open Microsoft Word. Click the "File" tab. Select "Open" and browse to the Word document with the footer to copy. Double-click the file. When the document opens in a new Word window, scroll to the bottom of the page with the footer to copy.

  • Double-click anywhere in the text section of the footer to copy to open the "Header & Footer Tools" tab at the top of the work area and to activate the footer.

  • Highlight the text in the footer. Press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys together on the keyboard to copy the footer.

  • Click the "Close Header and Footer" button on the Ribbon. Scroll to the section of the document to add the footer. Press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys together to paste the copied footer. If desired, scroll to multiple sections and continue to press "Ctrl" and "V" to paste more copies of the footer.

Tips & Warnings

  • By design, footers are already repeated page by page in Word automatically, so no copying is necessary. To copy a footer from the footer section into another section of the document, such as on the main section of the first page, follow these instructions.
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