Create easily different headers in different sections of a Word document


Step Three: Normally you already have a document with different headers for different sections according to a level of headings. However, some fine tuning may be needed; for example, if you want some extra pages without any header at all etc. You may also have a document without headings or any other way to add automatically your headers, so that you have to write them manually. In any case, to interrupt a header, go to the first page of the section after the section that should not have this header, enter the header pane by double clicking at the top side of the document, go to the “Header and Footer Tools” section of the Word toolbar and press the “Link to Previous” button.

The button is deactivated and this header won’t follow anymore what is written in the header of the previous section. This way it won’t inherit the content you are going to change in the preceding section. After that go to the preceding section, the one that you want to customize, enter again the header pane, unlink the section from the previous one, and write your new header text.

You may need to repeat the same for the second page of the same section, in case that you defined, at the “Page Setup” of your document, your sections to have different odd and even headers and footers and different first page. If more sections need a new header, follow the same routine, unlink them from the preceding headers, etc.

Important note: Since a header inherits its content from the previous header, to interrupt this continuation start from the last parts of your document, change first the last section that needs a custom header, then go on changing a preceding header that needs to be changed, etc. This way you will avoid a lot of unnecessary editing.

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