How To Insert the
Chapter Title in MS Word's Header or Footer
One way to make your Microsoft Word documents more
professional is to use the Header and Footers to include information
that helps the reader.
Today, I'll show you how to add some useful
information to the header/footer areas.
A simple example is to include the Document Name or
Chapter title in the footer. This helps the reader if they print out the
document and also gives me a better sense of what they’re reading.
What you put in the header and footer can be used
to remind the reader of what their reading and also to guide them
through the document, especially with business proposals and
Something I've found very useful is to add the
Chapter title to the footer. As the reader moves from one chapter to the
next, the header or footer is updated dynamically.
It’s a small point but it looks well. It also
reinforces to the reader that you know how to prepare a
professional-looking business document.
How To Put Chapter Title In the Header or Footer
1. Open Microsoft Word.
2. On the View menu on the main toolbar,
click Header and Footer. If you can't see this, click the small
arrows at the end of the menu to show this option. They may be hidden by
3. Click inside the header or footer that
you want to change.
[Optional] On the Header and Footer toolbar, click
‘Same as Previous’ to break the connection between the header and
footer in the current section and the previous section.
4. On the Insert menu, click Reference, and
then click Cross-reference.
5. In the Reference type box, click
6. In the For which heading box, select the
heading that contains the chapter number or title. In this example,
it was My Book Title.
7. In the Insert reference to
box, select what you want to insert in the header or footer.
Click Heading number to insert the
chapter number, and then click Insert.
Click Heading text to insert the
chapter heading, and then click Insert.
This adds the document name to the header or
How to Update Headers and Footers?
If you want to change the document title,
update it in File, Properties and then open the footer
1. Click on the field you want to update.
2. Right-click and then select Update
Did it work?
Why Format Microsoft Word Docs?
Think of it from the reader’s perspective.
You get a business proposal, white paper, or
marketing plan that you’ve been waiting for and… it looks terrible.
The content may be fine but… why is the layout so
poor, why didn’t they make more effort, why are the fonts different
throughout the document?
You get the idea, right?
Over the next few weeks, I'll show you how to
improve the appearance of your business documents.
How do I?
If you have other questions about Microsoft Word,
drop me a line.
As most readers use Microsoft Word 2003, these
steps will apply to this version of Word. If there is any confusion,
please let me know.
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