Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2018     Views: 29000

For an APA header you need the title of your paper on the left, and the page number on the right.  The header on the first page is a little different -- you need the words Running head: before the title on the title page.  Here is how to do it:

  1. Go to the Insert tab in Word. Select Header from the Header & Footer section.
  2. Select Blank Header, the first option.
  3. Click on Page Number on the top left.  Select Top of Page, then Plain Number 1.  The pages will now have the page number on them.
  4. Type the title of the paper in all caps.  If it is over fifty characters, use a shortened version of the title.
  5. After typing the title, place the cursor immediately to the left of the page number.  Press tab until the page number is on the right of the page.
  6. Select the Different First Page option at the top center.  Make sure you are on the first page and repeat steps 3-5, but include the words 'Running head:' before entering the title.

Comments (8)

  1. This does not work.
    by Kevin on Dec 17, 2017.
  2. Thanks Kevin. The instructions have been revised.
    by Kathryn Park on Jan 10, 2018.
  3. I put the running head in but it disappears on page 17. Page 2-16 work - then poof, it's gone!

    I'm sorry Wendolyn! This is something that we'd need to help you with in the library. Bring in your document and or your device to the library lab and we'll help troubleshoot it for you.
    by Wendolyn on Jan 18, 2018.
  4. Thank you so much. I was having trouble putting a recurring page number but the tittle would disappear. Thank you so much!
    by Vicky on May 05, 2018.
  5. Thank you! Worked like a charm! Been trying to do this for over a year unsuccessfully until I found your directions.
    by K. Williams on Dec 09, 2018.
  6. Thank you so much. This is such a priceless resource!
    by Shelly, RN, BSN, PCCN on Jan 06, 2019.
  7. This may be a stupid question but why does the words Running head stay on page 1? When I went to print it does not show on following pages but does on the first.
    by C. Sanders on Feb 23, 2019.
  8. Without being able to look at the document, I can't say for sure C. Sanders.
    Try going to the ribbon>layout>page setup and select tiny arrow in the right corner.
    Select the Layout tab. You will see a number of options. One of them is Different first page. If that is selected, de-select it. There is also an option near the bottom that lets you apply to Whole Document to this point forward. You might try expriementing with that as well. Good luck!
    by Kathryn Park on Feb 25, 2019.

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