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create a running head in Word 2007 and 2010 (PC)

For a description of a running head, see the last paragraph of p. 229 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (hereafter Publication Manual), 6th edition. Additionally, note the sample papers on p. 41. The Publication Manual is available for your use at the Reference Desk.  

  1. Starting with your cursor anywhere on the first sheet of an open Word document, select the Insert tab from the options at the top.
     
  2. Click on Header and choose Blank from the resulting drop-down menu.
     
  3. Check the Different First Page box in the Options section (which appears in the Design tab).
     
  4. Type the text “Running head:” followed by a space and type the content of your running head in uppercase letters, and then tab over to the end of the line. (If you tab over too far and your cursor falls off the right-hand side of the screen, then use the Backspace until the cursor reappears.)
     
  5. Click on Insert and then click on Page Number, which is below the Header and Footer options (Word 2010).  If you are using Word 2007, Page Number can be found to the right of Header.
     
  6. From the drop-down menu of options for the page number, select Current Position and then Plain Number.
     
  7. Double click anywhere in the body of the paper (outside of the header), so that the header area becomes grayed out. Then, scroll down to the top of the second page of your document and click on the Type text” box that appears at the top of the page. (If you do not have any text written in the body of the document, then you should use the Enter key to advance the document until the second page appears.)
     
  8. Type in the content of your running head in uppercase letters. Do not repeat the text “Running head:” after the first page (see the sample paper on p. 41 of the Publication Manual). Next, tab over to the end of the line. (If you tab over too far and your cursor falls off the right-hand side of the screen, then use the Backspace until the cursor reappears.)
     
  9. Click on Insert and then click on Page Number, which is below the Header and Footer options (Word 2010).  If you are using Word 2007, Page Number can be found to the right of Header.
     
  10. From the drop-down menu of options for the page number, select Current Position and then Plain Number.
     
  11. Click on Design and then click on Close Header and Footer on the top right of the page.
     

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