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How to Insert a Header Only on First Page in Word

When you insert a header in Microsoft Word on one page, by default, the header you inserted will apply to all the pages in that document. This makes sense when you are adding page numbers, document titles, or dates.

But there are times when you might only want to put the header on the first page of the document. This article will explain the easiest way you can make this happen.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

To insert a header only on the first page in Word, double-click on the header section to make it active. The Header & Footer Tools > Design tab will appear. On this tab, in the Options group, click to check the Different First Page option. This setting will give the first page a different header and footer from the rest of your document.

Related article: How to insert a footer only on the first page

Below is a more step-by-step guide on how to add a header only on the first page in Word:

  • Open your Word document.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
Click the Insert tab
  • In the Header & Footer group, click on the Header command. A drop-down menu will appear.
Go to Insert>Header & Footer > Header
  • From this drop-down menu, select one of the built-in Header options or select the blank option if you want your own custom header.
Select the header style you like
  • The Header & Footer Tools > Design tab will appear on the ribbon. The header section will also become active with the selected built-in header.
  • Now the header will be visible on all the pages in your document. To make it appear only on the first page, go to the new design tab on the ribbon, in the Options group, click to check the Different First Page option.
Header Only on First Page

This is how you may insert a header only on the first page in Microsoft Word.

Richard

Friday 18th of November 2022

This doesn't seem to work with Mail Merge documents... When I "finish and merge", it takes my one page of fields, and overlays it with several pages of data from Excel. I guess, because of that duplicating process, it duplicates the page header from my first/only page of the original. I wanted to use the instructions above to remove the headers from the 2nd> pages, but I've had no luck.

Pat

Tuesday 20th of September 2022

This did not put the header only on the 1st page. It took the header off of the 1st page and kept it on the 2nd and 3rd page.

Nunya

Thursday 29th of September 2022

@Pat, Yup, same result…oposite of desired expectation.