Create a different first page

Selecting Different First Page setting

Once you've turned your front matter into its own section, you can subdivide it even further, in case you want nothing in the headers and footers on the cover page.

  1. Use Word's Different First Page setting, shown here, to do this. If you select this setting, you enable the header and footer areas to be different from the rest of the pages in the section. You can do this for any section in the document.

  2. The section's header and footer areas will now have text above them saying "First Page Header" and "First Page Footer." (This appears only in the header and footer workspace.)

If you've already applied page numbers, the Different First Page setting will suppress the page number on the cover page.


  • If you only want unique headers and footers on the first page of your document, you can apply the Different First Page setting and dispense with creating sections.

  • However, if you intend to include sections, create those before applying the Different First Page setting. This setting gets carried over into a new section, which is typically not what you'd want.

  • Word has already-created cover pages that you can insert (you find these on the Insert tab). These automatically put the Different First Page setting into effect.

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