A Complete Header and Footer Tools Design Tab in MS Word

The Header and Footer Tools Design tab is very useful to customize the header and footer you like.

To open the header and footer tool design tab, double-click on the top or bottom of any page or go to the Insert tab → click the drop-down arrow of the Header or Footer → select one of the pre-designed formats you like.

Click here to read about Different Headers and Footers for different Pages in MS Word

On the Header and Footer Tools Design tab, we have more commands with 6 groups such as Header and Footer, Insert, Navigation, Options, Positions, and Close. These are discussed below.

Header and Footer Tools Design Tab in MS-Word
Header and Footer Tools Design Tab in MS-Word

On the Header and Footer Tools Design tab, the first group is Header, Footer, and Page number commands. These tools are pre-formatted and very useful to insert header, footer, and page number in a word document.

Header footer Page Number Design Tools
Header, footer, Page Number Design Tools

Insert

On the Header and Footer Tools Design tab, in the Insert group, we have more commands to insert pre-formatted dates and times, document info, quick parts, picture, and online pictures. These tools are very useful to make the header or footer easier. These are all very simple to insert by clicking them.

Date and Time Design Tool
Date and Time Design Tool in MS Word
Document Info Design Tool in Word
Document Info Design Tool in Word

On the Header and Footer Tools Design tab, in the Navigation group, we have more commands to easily navigate from header to footer or vice versa as well as you can easily navigate to the previous or next header or footer.  These tools are very useful to make the header or footer easier. It is simple to insert a header or footer by navigating them.

Navigate to Header or Footer
Navigate to Header or Footer

It is useful to remove previous sections after applying the section breaks. A section break is applicable to different headers and footers for different pages, different page borders, different columns for the selected pages, etc.

Link to Previous
Link to Previous

On the Header and Footer Tools Design tab, in the Options group, we have 3 commands. These are explained below.

Different First Page

Do you want to insert all except the first-page header or footer, or all headers or footers except the first page? The” Different First Page” on the Header and Footer Tools Design tab, in the Options group, is very useful to insert by checking it.

Difference First Page in Header and Footer Tools Design Tab
Different First Page in Header and Footer Tools Design Tab

Different Odd & Even Pages

By clicking the “Different Odd & Even Pages” option, you can insert a header or footer for only odd or even pages in your word document.

Different Odd and Even Pages for Header and Footer in Word 1
Different Odd and Even Pages for Header and Footer in Word

Show Document Text

For Header and Footer Designs, you can show or hide the document text while applying the header or footer by using this option.

Show or Hide Document Text in Microsoft Word
Show or Hide Document Text in Microsoft Word

For the Header and Footer Designs, you can change the height of the header or footer in inches by using this option.

Set Header and Footer Position
Set Header and Footer Position
Close Header and Footer
Close Header and Footer of header and footer designs for Microsoft word

To leave from editing option of the document header and footer and make keep the document in a normal position, click “Close Header and Footer”. 

How to Apply Headers and Footers to open a Design Tools Tab

A header or Footer is the repeated information on some or all of the pages. The Header appears at the top of each page. Similarly, the Footer appears at the bottom of each page. 

Steps:

  • Initially, make sure your document pages have content.
  • On the Insert tab, in the headers and footers group, click headers to expand its menu.
  • Then select one of the pre-formatted styles to apply the header.
  • Edit the blank header based on the content information.
  • Then click on “close headers and footers”.  
  • Steps to apply footers: 
  • Initially, make sure your document pages have content.
  • On the Insert tab, in the headers and footers group, click footers to expand its menu.
  • Then select one of the pre-formatted styles to apply the footer.
  • Edit the blank footer based on the content information. If your footer is dated information, no need to edit it.
  • Then click on “Close headers and footers“. 

Steps:

  • Initially, make sure your document pages have content.
  • On the Insert tab, in the headers and footers group, click footers to expand its menu.
  • Then select one of the pre-formatted styles to apply the footer.
  • Edit the blank footer based on the content information. If your footer is dated information, no need to edit it.
  • Then click on “Close headers and footers“.  

What is the Header and Footer Tools Design Tab in Word?

The Header and Footer Tools Design tab in MS Word is very useful to customize the header and footer you like. To open the header and footer tool design tab, double-click on the top or bottom of any page or go to the Insert tab → click the drop-down arrow of the Header or Footer → select one of the pre-designed formats you like.

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