Answered By: Writing Center
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015     Views: 0

Once you know how, creating a running head in Microsoft Word is very simple. Here is a step-by-step explanation:

Click into your header
In the "Header and Footer" tab, click the box next to: "Different First Page." This will allow your running head to be different on your cover page than the rest of your document.
Start with your cover page. Go to the "insert" tab and insert a page number in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Then, next to the page number, type in your running head: Running head: SHORTENED TITLE HERE
This can then be spaced or tabbed over to the left hand side of your paper. There are multiple ways to complete this step, such as adding in special tabs. However, this is the simplest method.
Make sure your header is in Times New Roman (or same font as your paper) and 12pt.
Repeat steps 3-6 for the second page of your document, except you do not need to use the words "Running head" anymore. Once this is done, your document will have the same header as this second page.

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