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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2015     Views: 56

To create your running head and number your pages in Microsoft Word, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Cover Page of your document.

2. Choose the Insert menu.

3. Select Page Number, then Top of Page.

4. Choose Plain Number 3 from the list of header options.  The page number will now show up in the header.

Insert menu on word document showing page number options

 

5. Place your cursor right in front of the page number in your header and type the abbreviated title of your paper in ALL CAPS just in front of the page number.

6. Press the tab key twice to move the abbreviated title to the left. The page number will remain at the right.

7. While still keeping your cursor in the header area, click the Design menu tab.

Note: this may already be selected.

8. Check the box for Different First Page.  You will now see a blank header on your cover page. This allows you to have a different header on your cover page than you will have on the rest of your paper.

Image of the details menu for headers.

 

9. Type Running Head: YOUR PAPER TITLE. This will appear at the left side of your header. The paper title should be typed in ALL CAPS.

The subsequent pages of your paper will have only the abbreviated title and the page number in the header, while the cover page will now have the Running Head and no page number.

10. Check the font size and style of your headers. They should be 12 pt. Arial or Times New Roman.

 

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