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Creating Different Footers for Each Page

by Anonymous
(United States)

How do you get a different footer on every page or a series of pages? For example pages 4-9 Alaska pages 11-14 Arizona.


Note: This method works for both headers and footers.

In Microsoft Word 2007, by default, all footers in a document are connected.

You can easily change the first page footer, or create different odd and even page footers, by selecting check boxes. These settings are found on the Header and Footer Design Tools tab, in the Options group. (This tab is only visible when the footer is active.)

Footer Navigation and Options groups on the ribbon

But what if you want to have a different footer for every chapter of your book, or section of a term paper?

This isn't as easy as selecting a check box, but it can be done without too much difficulty. It is accomplished by creating a new section, then disconnecting the link between the footers.

To create a new section and disconnect the footers, follow these steps:

  1. Insert your cursor at the bottom of the last page of the previous chapter or section. (Make sure the cursor is outside of the footer area.)
  2. On the ribbon, select the Page Layout tab and find the Page Setup group.
  3. Click Breaks, then under Section Breaks, select Next Page.
  4. The cursor jumps to the next page (or creates a new page if there is no next page). Remove any extra line breaks created. Be careful not to delete the section break (you can see it by pressing Ctrl+*).
  5. Go to the bottom of the first page of the new section and double-click inside the footer. This activates the Header & Footer Tools tab on the ribbon.
  6. On the Header & Footer Tools tab, in the Navigation group, deselect Link to Previous.

This breaks the connection between the footer in the new section and the previous footer. Now you can create a new footer on this page.

Repeat this process for each section of your document.

This is the same method used to format page numbers using different styles for front matter, main body, and appendices in a document.

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Creating Different Footers for Each Page

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by: Anonymous

On step 1, while at the bottom of the page it must be outside the footer.

Thanks for the Clarification!
by: Word-Tips

Hi Anon:

Thanks for adding that clarification to the steps. I already inserted the additional information into the instructions.

I always appreciate feedback from my visitors!


by: Anonymous

How do I deselect That is what I am trying to find out.

Deselect Link to Previous
by: Word-Tips

To deselect Link to Previous, click the button. See the instructions and image above to find the location of the button.

If it shows yellow it is selected. If it shows white, it is deselected.

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