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How to Use Multiple Headers and Footers in a Single Document


There is no option in Word 2010 that allows you to use a different header and footer for different sections in a document. The trick is to use section breaks and unlink the header and footer respectively–this allows you to set them as you are creating the document.

For demonstration purposes we have a document with a plain text header as well as a plain text footer which both say How-To Geek.


This is awesome but i want a different header and footer on the next page saying my name. Now we could use the option which allows for different headers and footers on odd and even pages, however we also want a different header on the third page saying @howtogeek (which is our twitter handle). The only way to achieve this is to use section breaks. So place your cursor at the end of the first page and switch to the page layout tab.


Now click on the breaks button in the Page Setup section and choose to insert a New Page Section break, choose the next page section break


Click on the Header on the second page and click on the Link to Previous button to unlink it


Once it has been unlinked you can edit it without effecting your other header


You will need to do the same for your new footer as it will still be linked to the footer in the previous section


Now you can make your changes to the footer


You can create another section break and use another header and footer if you so choose to give your third page a completely unique section break


Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 01/27/12

Comments (9)

  1. DaveS

    This has been true in Word for a long long time (not specific to 2010). Generally, most people have no clue how to use Word. I work in a large Aerospace company and not 1 in 10 people could tell you what a Word Style is and how to use one. It always makes inheriting documents fun.

  2. Arston

    What DaveS say is so true… And I receive so many poorly formatted documents, it’s not even funny.

  3. FAA

    Thank You!
    I been trying to figure this out for such a long time.
    Good Stuff!!!!

  4. Sharif of my friend want to do this for his essay in word2007 but i challage a lot and at last i couldn’t.thank fo novel trick!

  5. MJ

    Well, I would recommend, when using these features, to show the hidden formating symbols ( Ctrl + ( ), or you may lose track of your page and section breaks.

  6. Richard Laughton

    Thanks for that tip – I will give it a try. I use the HEADERS and FOOTERS a lot in my WORD documents, and the TABLE OF CONTENTS function – none of which is easy to understand. It will be interesting to see if the additional “breaks” alter the contents list.

    While I am here, how about:

    1. a GEEK report on UPnP and port settings for wireless networks
    2. a GEEK report on WEP and WAP and how to make “g” wireless unit work on a “n” router

  7. Callum Booth

    Sorry if this is being pedantic but it’s driving me crazy, shouldn’t ‘without effecting your other header’ be ‘affecting’ (/spelling_nazi)

  8. Hank

    Will not using ‘different odd/even pages’ in page setup accomplish the same thing???

  9. shobhit

    good 1.

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