Breaking up a longer document, such as a dissertation or manuscript, into chapters will make it much easier to read. And if you do this, adding chapter headers will help your reader navigate the document quickly and easily. But how does this work in Microsoft Word? Let us explain.
Chapter Headers in Microsoft Word
Adding chapter headers to a Microsoft Word document requires three things:
Using a Heading style for your chapter headings
Adding section breaks between chapters
Generating the chapter headers
This might seem complex, but each step is simple. Read on to find out more.
Step One: Applying Heading Styles
The Heading styles in Word are used for headings and subheadings. Chapter titles are the main headings in a document, so they would usually be formatted with Heading 1. Whichever style you use, though, to prepare for applying chapter headers you should:
And finally, to create the chapter headers themselves, all you need to do is:
Open the header in the first chapter
Go to References > Captions > Cross-reference
Select Heading from the menu as your reference type
Pick the relevant chapter title and click Insert
Repeat for each chapter of your document
This will insert the text formatted with the selected Heading style at the top of each page in each section. You can also apply the same header throughout multiple sections by leaving the Link to Previous option selected for each section after the first.
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