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Formatting Your Dissertation (or Thesis): Headings and Subheadings

Insert a header or footer

  1. Go to Insert > Header or Footer.

  2. Choose the header style you want to use.

    Tip: Some built-in header and footer designs include page numbers.

  3. Add or change text for the header or footer. For more info on things you can do with headers, see Edit your existing headers and footers. To edit a header or footer that's been already created, double-click on it.

  4. To eliminate a header--like deleting it on the title page--select it and then check the Different First Page box. 

  5. Select Close Header and Footer or press Esc to exit.

To delete, select Insert Header (or Footer) > Remove Header (or Remove Footer). 

For more on headers and footers, see Headers and footers in Word.

Headers and Footers in Word

A header or footer can contain text, information about the document, or even images. You can create one header or footer for the whole document, or have a different header or footer for the first page, odd. and even pages, or even multiple sections.

Note: The best way to work with headers and footers is in Word on a laptop or desktop computer, rather than in a web browser or mobile app.

Header style selection dialog with one selected

Additional Information


  1. Go to Insert > Header or Footer.

    On the Insert tab, Header and Footer are highlighted

  2. Choose from a list of standard headers or footers, go to the list of Header or Footer options, and select the header or footer that you want.

    Or, create your own header or footer by selecting Edit Header or Edit Footer.

  3. When you're done, select Close Header and Footer or press Esc.

For more on headers and footers, see Headers and footers in Word.


  1. Go to Insert > Header & Footer.

  2. Add or header or footer text. 

  3. Use the Options menu for additional customization. 

  4. To exit, select Close Header and Footer or press Esc

  5. To delete, select Insert Header (or Footer) > Remove Header (or Remove Footer).