How Do I Do a Different Footer for Different Sections in Microsoft Word?


When you create footers for your document, Microsoft Word places the same footer at the bottom of each page by default. If you divide your document into sections, it may need different footers for each one. You can create a different footer for different sections in Microsoft Word by using the Header & Footer Tools panel. This panel provides a number of options for designing custom headers and footers.

  • Open your document. Position the cursor somewhere in the first section. Place it on any page, as long as it's in the first section.

  • Click the "Insert" tab.

  • Click "Footer" in the Header and Footer group. Choose a style from the menu, and create a footer for the first section of your document.

  • Double-click one of the footers in a different section of your document. This opens the Header and Footer Tools panel.

  • Click "Link to Previous" in the Navigation group. This deselects the "Link to Previous" option and enables the option to give the current footer its own text and style.

  • Click inside the footer. Customize it by changing its text, adding page numbers or inserting the time and date. Click "Close Header and Footer" when you're finished. Alternatively, double-click the main body of the document to close the footer.

  • Repeat this process for each section that needs a different footer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have trouble finding where each section begins and ends, turn on paragraph formatting. The option is on the Home tab in the Paragraph group. This makes each section break visible.


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