How to Add a Cover Page in Word 2016

By Dan Gookin

The sneakiest way to slap down a cover page on your Word 2016 document is to use Word’s Cover Page command. Here’s how it works:

  1. Click the Insert tab.

  2. In the Pages group, click the Cover Page button.

    If you don’t see the Pages group or Cover Page button, click the Pages button and then click the Cover Page icon.

    The Cover Page button displays a fat, fun menu full of various cover-page layouts.

  3. Choose a cover-page layout that titillates you.

    The cover page is immediately inserted as the first page in your document.

Many preset cover pages feature replaceable text, such as [COMPANY NAME]. Click that text and type something appropriate, such as your actual company name. Do so for all bracketed text on the inserted cover page.

  • You can change a cover page at any time by choosing a new one from the Cover Page menu. The new cover page retains any replacement text you typed.

  • To remove a cover page, summon the Cover Page menu and choose the item Remove Current Cover Page.

  • The cover page you add is followed by a hard page break. It is not a section break. Even so, it’s treated differently from certain page-formatting commands applied to the rest of the document. That means if you add page numbers or a header or footer to your document, the formatting applies to only the second and later pages, not to the cover page.