Create different headers or footers for odd and even pages

By default, the headers and footers in Word are the same on each page. You often want something different on the left and right side of the document. Here's how:

  1. Double-click the header or footer

  2. Select Different Odd & Even Pages.

    Odd Even button selected on header ribbon

  3. On one of the odd pages, click the header or footer area you want to change.

  4. Type the document title, and then press Tab twice.

  5. Select Page Number > Current Position and choose a style.

  6. Select an even page.

  7. Select Page Number > Current Position and choose a style.

  8. Press Tab twice and type the document title.

  9. Select Close Header and Footer or press Esc to exit.

    The Close Header button

Create different headers or footers

  1. Double-click the header or footer.

  2. Select Different Odd & Even Pages.

    Different Odd and Even Pages is highlighed on the Headers & Footers tab

  3. On one of the odd pages, click the header or footer area you want to change.

  4. Type the document title, and then press Tab twice.

  5. Select Page Number > Current Position and choose a style.

  6. Select an even page.

  7. Select Page Number > Current Position and choose a style.

  8. Press Tab twice and type the document title.

  9. Select Close Header and Footer or press Esc to exit.

    On the Header and Footer tab, Close is highlighted

  1. Select Insert > Header & Footer.

    Header & Footer button

  2. On the right side of the white area at the top of the document area, select Options > Different Even & Odd Pages.

    Different Even & Odd Pages option

  3. Type the text you want to appear on even pages.

  4. Select Odd Pages, and then type the text you want to appear on odd pages.

    Odd header and footer page area

  5. To resume editing your document, select the gray document area. Note that you won’t see your header or footer while editing.

  6. To see the document with the new header and footer, select View > Reading View.

    Reading View button

For more on headers and footers, see Headers and footers in Word.

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