Answered By: Mara Shatat
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2019     Views: 8

First, it's easier to set up the pages before you start writing the paper.

Microsoft 365:

  1. From the menu, click on the Insert tab.
  2. Click Header and Footer.
  3. Click on the Options tab on the right side of the page and select Different First Page.
  4. The header includes a table by default. Right click on this table and select Delete, then Delete Table.
  5. Make sure First Page is highlighted.
  6. In the Header, type Running head: and then your abbreviated title in all caps (i.e. Running head: SAMPLE FOR STUDENTS).
  7. Click Other Pages.
  8. Delete the table as you did on the first page.
  9. Select Page Numbers and click the option for the page number to display on the left. It will appear as < # >.
  10. Put your cursor in front of < # > and type only your abbreviated title in all caps.
  11. Use the space bar to move the < # > to the right side of the page.

Microsoft Word 2016:

  1. From the menu, click on the Insert tab. 
  2. In the Header and Footer box, click on Page Number and select the location/option you want the page number (usually top of the page, plain number 1).
  3. At the top of the page, under Header and Footer Tools, click the box that says Different first page
  4. In the Header, type Running head: and then your abbreviated title in all caps (i.e. Running head: SAMPLE FOR STUDENTS).
  5. Tab over twice and type in the numeral 1.
  6. Go to the 2nd page of your paper. The number 2 should already be there.
  7. Type in your title or abbreviated title in all caps in front of the 2. Tab the 2 over to the right side of the header.
  8. Click on the red "X" to close the Header and Footer Tools.

Microsoft Word 2013:

  1. From the menu, click on the Insert tab.
  2. On the toolbar that appears, choose the Page Number option.
  3. Select the option you want (usually top of the page).
  4. Go to the menu, at the top of the page, under Header and Footer Tools, click the box that says Different first page.
  5. Your cursor should now be at the top of page 1 in the header box. Set the cursor just to the left of the number 1 and type Running head: and then your abbreviated title in all caps (i.e. Running head: SAMPLE FOR STUDENTS).
  6. Use the backspace key to set your title to the left and then use the tab key to move the page number back to the right hand side (usually 2 tabs).
  7. Close the header and footer (red x on the top right-hand side of the page)
  8. Go to page 2 of your document (or if you haven't started writing it, insert a page break) and delete the phrase Running head, leaving just your abbreviated title.
  9. On page 1, Running head will remain in your first page header, and only your abbreviated title will appear on subsequent pages.