How to Make the First Page Header or Footer Different in Word

Learn how to change a page header when formatting a Word file

Microsoft Word makes headers and footers easy to add and customize. Here's how to vary them within the same document.

Removing a Footer From the First Page

For example, here's how to remove a header or footer from only the first page:

  1. Double-click on the header or the footer on the first page to open the Header & Footer tab.

    Microsoft Word Header & Footer tab
  2. Check Different First Page on the Header & Footer tab of the ribbon to remove the contents of the header or footer on the first page, while leaving the header or footer on all the other pages.

Adding a Different Header or Footer to the First Page

If you want to put a different header or footer on the first page without affecting the headers and footers on the other pages:

  1. Remove the header or footer from the first page as described above.

  2. Click the Header or Footer icon, select a format if desired, and type the new information into the front page. 

  3. Click anywhere outside the header or footer to return to the body of your document.