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Solved: Formatting Headers/Footers in Word 2003

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by CarolinaBill, Jul 14, 2010.

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  1. CarolinaBill

    CarolinaBill Thread Starter

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    I have had trouble formatting Word 2003 documents so that the header is suppressed on the first page but the footer prints. It is probably some little thing that I am missing. I am a dyed-in-the-wool WordPerfect fan and use Word only as a last resort, so am not familiar with some of the fine points of the latter. To briefly summarize: I have gone to the View / Headers and Footers menu and entered the desired text for the header and the footer. Then I have gone to the Page Layout button and run into trouble there. If I click on First Page different, I suppress printing of both the header and the footer. I have tried choosing "From this point forward" and then entering header text on the second page rather than the first, but either both header and footer are blank on the first page, or if I unclick the box for First Page Different, then the header displays as well as the footer. I will appreciate any help.
     
  2. WendyM

    WendyM Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Sounds like what you need is a section break. At the end of the first page, insert a section break - make sure you make it a page section break. This will allow you to have different headers for each section. On page 2 (which is now the first page of section 2), enter your header. On the header and footer toolbar, there is a "link to previous" button. It's selected by default, so you'll have to unselect it. The header might have automatically been put onto the first page; if so, go to page one and delete the header. As long as the "link to previous" button is not enabled, this should delete the header on only the first page, leaving you with the footer on all pages. Let us know if you need clarification on any of the steps since you're not used to using Word. Good luck! (y)
     
  3. CarolinaBill

    CarolinaBill Thread Starter

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    Thank you. I worked through it. A wee bit complicated but successful.
    Now I can't find the button to push to mark this Solved.
     
  4. WendyM

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    Great to hear! The solved button should be at the top of this thread.
     
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