How to have different header for each page in MS Word

The header is a part of a document located at the top margin of each page. It’s useful for showcasing additional information like the title, author, page number, or objects and images that add design to your document. 

Headers can also help keep documents organized and more readable. Setting up professional-looking headers in MS Word is like a walk in the park for most users. 

However, even experienced users may have difficulties when documents require more than one header, such as with corporate or academic documents. The cover page, the main text, and other pages in different orientations can all have dissimilar headers. 

Fortunately, MS Word offers several ways to add different headers on each page. 

2 Ways to Have a Different Header on Each Page in MS Word

  • Using preset header options
  • By inserting section breaks

We’ll walk you through each of these methods step by step in the tutorial down below. Don’t feel intimidated, as we’ve made this article with beginners in mind! We’ve also made sure to provide pictures for each step to make sure you can follow us every step of the way. 

Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know to have a different header on each page in MS Word. 


Method 1: Using the Preset Header Options

In this method, we’ll show you how to access the Design tools of the header to configure two different header options. The first option is helpful if you simply want your first page to have a different header from the rest of the document. The other option allows you to set up two different headers for each odd and even pages. 

Here are the steps to access the Design tools of the header. 

Step 1: Open up a Word file. 

Before we get started, let’s open up a Word file. Feel free to use your own personal document if you already have one prepared. You can also choose to create a new blank document. We won’t really need any content in the main body, but make sure to have a document with at least 2-3 pages to see how each header option works. You can insert random text or press the Enter key multiple times to meet this number of pages. 

Step 2: Access the header section. 

Once our document is ready, go to the Insert tab and click the Header drop-down menu. Then, select the Edit Header option found at the bottom of the menu. 

Alternatively, you can double-click the top margin of your document to access the header section. 

Step 3: Access the header design tools. 

Now that the header section is enabled, you will be directed to the Header & Footer Design tab. Here, you’ll see two options to choose from: Different First Page and Odd & Even Pages

If you want the first page to have a different header from the rest of your document, tick the Different First Page checkbox. 

On the other hand, tick the checkbox next to Odd & Even Pages if you want the odd-numbered pages to have a different header from the even-numbered pages. 

Step 4: Insert content into your header. 

Insert your content accordingly to each header. Once done, double-click outside the header section to go back to the main text or press the Close Header and Footer button.  

Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up a different header on each page in MS Word. 


Method 2: By Inserting Section Breaks

Section breaks identify the point at which a section ends and another one starts. Having section breaks help in organizing the different sections of your document. This way, you’ll find it easier to configure different headers for each page. 

Here’s how you can insert section breaks in your document. 

Step 1: Open up an MS Word file. 

Before anything else, we’ll have to open up an MS Word file. If you have one already open, go ahead and use that. Don’t worry about ruining your document, as we’re only making changes in the header section. After all, any unwanted changes can easily be undone by simply pressing the CTRL + Z keys on your keyboard. 

Step 2: Insert section breaks. 

Once our document is ready, move your cursor to the start of the page that you want in a different header and click on it. Then, go to the Layout tab and click the Breaks drop-down menu. Finally, select the Next Page option in the selection. 

For this example, we’ll insert the section break between the first and second paragraph. So, we’ll place our cursor right at the start of the second paragraph and insert a section break there. 

Now, place your cursor at the end of the section and repeat the process. You’ll notice that MS Word inserted paragraph spaces before and after the section and moved it separately to a page.

Step 3: Access the header section. 

Go to the Insert tab and click the Header drop-down menu. Then, select Edit Header from the list of options. 

Alternatively, you can simply double-click the top margin of the page to access the header section. 

Step 4: Unlink section header. 

In order to set up a different header for the page we’ve recently created, we’ll need to unlink it to the previous header format. So, with your cursor still inside the header section, click on the Link to Previous button found on the Header & Footer Design tab. 

You can now insert your content in the header section. Take note that you’ll have to repeat the same process for each section that you want to have a different header. 

To go back to the main text, simply double-click outside the header or press the Close Header and Footer button. 

There you have it! You’ve just inserted section breaks to have a different header on each page in MS Word. 


Editing and Deleting Different Headers 

If you’ve come to the point that you need to edit or delete different headers, don’t worry because doing so is as easy as 1-2-3. 

To edit or delete different headers, all you need to do is access the Header and Footer Design tab using the steps discussed above. Remember that your headers are different because they are in different sections. So, each header section is accessible and should not affect the others as you edit or delete them. 


Conclusion

That wraps it up for today! Hopefully, we’ve helped you figure out how to have a different header on each page in MS Word. Here’s a brief summary of what we’ve covered in this article. 

Learning to add different headers in a single document proves to be an essential skill. Most academic and corporate documents usually call for more than one header per document. 

In this guide, we’ve listed down two methods to have a different header on each page in MS Word. 

The first method makes use of the preset header tools provided by MS Word. 

The second method utilizes section breaks to accomplish the task.

We hope you’ve found this article helpful! 

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