How to Add a Preset Header and Footer to a Document in Word 2016

By Dan Gookin

Most Word 2016 documents use typical headers and footers, placing common information into one or both areas. To accommodate your hurried desires, you can quickly shove such a preset header or footer into your document. Heed these steps:

  1. Click the Insert tab.

  2. From the Header & Footer group, choose the Header button.

    The Header menu shows a list of preformatted headers.

  3. Choose a template.

    The header is added to the document, saved as part of the page format. Also, the Header & Footers Tools Design tab appears on the Ribbon.

  4. Change any [Type here] text in the header.

    Click the bracketed text and type to personalize your header.

  5. Use the commands on the Header & Footer Tools Design tab, Insert group to add specific items in the header.

  6. When you’re done working on the header, click the Close Header and Footer button.

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    The button is found on the far-right end of the Header & Footer Tools Design tab.

To add a footer, choose the Footer button in Step 2 and think of the word footer whenever you see the word header in the preceding steps.

After you exit from the header or footer, you can see its text at the top or bottom of your document. It appears ghostly, to let you know that it’s there but not part of the document. To edit the header or footer, double-click that ghostly text.