Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers

In Word headers and footers can keep pages organized. In Word page numbers can help others reference elements of your document.

Editing headers and footers

After you close the header or footer, it will still be visible, but it will be locked. Simply double-click a header or footer to unlock it, which will allow you to edit it.

Screenshot of Word 2013Opening a header

Design tab options

When your document's header and footer are unlocked, the Design tab will appear on the right side of the Ribbon, giving you various editing options:

To insert the date or time into a header or footer:

Sometimes it's helpful to include the date or time in the header or footer. For example, you may want your document to show the date when it was created.

On the other hand, you may want to show the date when it was printed, which you can do by setting it to update automatically. This is useful if you frequently update and print a document because you'll always be able to tell which version is the most recent.

  1. Double-click anywhere on the header or footer to unlock it. Place the insertion point where you want the date or time to appear. In our example, we'll place the insertion point on the line below the author's name.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Placing the insertion point in the unlocked header
  2. The Design tab will appear. Click the Date & Time command.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the Date & Time command
  3. The Date and Time dialog box will appear. Select the desired date or time format.
  4. Check the box next to Update Automatically if you want the date to change every time you open the document. If you don't want the date to change, leave this option unchecked.
  5. Click OK.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a date option
  6. The date will appear in the header.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The date in the header