How to Create a Professional Cover Page

Your cover page gives important information about your document.
Your cover page gives important information about your document. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Your cover page is the shortest part of your document, but it covers some of the most important information. It lets your audience know at a glance the basic content, purpose and origin of your writing and is your chance to make a first impression on your readers. Making a strong and effective cover page requires following a basic procedure and format.


Place your cursor 1/2 inch from the top of page and aligned to the left. Type “Running Head:” and the title of your document in uppercase letters.

Position the cursor about a third of the way down on the page. Center the text, and key in your title using upper and lowercase letters.

Space down one or two times to leave a small blank space after the title. Add your name using the format: first name, middle initial, last name. This text is centered as well.

Space down again to leave blank space after your name and key in any applicable institutional information. This would include your company name or whatever organization you are writing for. Center this text.

Press enter once so that you are on the next line, but there is no white space showing. Add in the date of publication, if required or desired, centered as well.

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