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Setting APA Header in MS Word   Tags: apa, microsoft word, software  

This will demonstrate, step by step, how to insert and format an APA header style, 6th edition, in Word 2010
Last Updated: Aug 10, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Creating an APA 6th Edition Header Using MS Word 2010


These instructions are for a NEW header on a new document


Insert the Header on the First (Title) Page

Go to the Insert menu in the Ribbon and choose Header from the Header/Footer group.



Once the Drop Down header options appear, you may choose the very first option.


Once the Header opens, you will have TYPE TEXT appear in the upper left corner of the header box.  Select it, and type in Running head: and then Part of the Title. The Part title MUST BE IN ALL CAPS on each page.   See the illustration below.

Once you are ready to insert the Page Number, press your TAB key to move the cursor to the right margin.   From there, select the Header/Footer toolbar as shown below, and then the first option that ribbon toolbar, HEADER/FOOTER, and then choose PAGE NUMBER, CURRENT POSITION.  Many options appear, but you select the very first option. No matter where the illustration shows the page number inserting, it will insert at the point your cursor is currently resting.

Once your page number and Part of the title are on page 1, your paper should resemble the header below.





Once you have typed the full title, press RETURN twice, then move your cursor to the left margin.  You will now need to insert a new, blank page so that the page will number 2 automatically, and all succeeding pages beyond 2.  APA 6th edition also calls for the header on page 2 and succeeding pages to NOT have the words "Running head:" typed in the header. That information belongs only on Page 1. 

After you have inserted the NEW PAGE and a break, double-click the left button of your mouse to enter the header area of Page 2.  Once in the header area, you can move your mouse up to the Header/Footer toolbar. Follow the directions in the illustration below.


If Everything has been done correctly, your page 2 header and succeeding pages will be without the "Running head:" option.  Only part of the title and the page number as shown below. Page 1 should be the only page to contain Running head: and part of the title.   If the page number should move slightly to the left after you've highlighted and cut the "Running head:" from the page 2, just place your cursor next to the page number 2 and press the TAB key to put it back at the right margin.  If your paper resembles the one below (with your title) you are ready to set up now margins, and spacing (another Libguide) and to type your paper. 


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