Edit a header or footer in Word 2016 for Mac

When you update the body of your document, you might want to update the header or footer too.

  1. Double-click inside the header or footer area (near the top or bottom of the page) to open the Header & Footer tab.

    The header area of a document is shown

  2. Select the text you want to change and type your new header or footer in its place.

  3. When you're done, on the Header & Footer tab, click Close Header and Footer. Or, double-click anywhere outside of the header or footer area to close the Header & Footer Tools.

    On the Header & Footer tab, Close Header and Footer is highlighted

Change the design of the header or footer

You can change the look of a header or footer by applying a different design from the built-in collection.

Note: Changing header or footer styles overwrites your current header or footer, so you’ll have to type the information in again.

  1. Double-click inside the header or footer area (near the top or bottom of the page) to open the Header & Footer tab.

  2. Under Header & Footer, click Header or Footer.

  3. Choose a style from the gallery.

When you're done, double-click anywhere outside of the header or footer area to go back to the body of your document.

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