Headers and footers and page numbers, oh my!

It can feel a little bit like lions and tigers and bears–do you want a page number in a lower corner, or do you want a page number and the document title? Do you want to add the author name or the file path? Do you want different headers and footers in different sections?

Oh my is right!

This is where a little planning in advance can save you time on the long road.

The trick is to decide what you want first, and then it will be easier to get what you want.
Question: which header or footer to use
In Word, page numbers and headers and footers look like the same thing, but they aren’t. You can quickly add a header and footer from the gallery that already has a page number. That works. Or you can add just a page number from the gallery. That works, too.

But if you want add a different header or footer, such as your name and the title of your document, and then you add a page number later, the page number might overwrite your previous header and footer. It might not be pretty.

If you want other information in the header or footer, and you don’t see a match in the Header gallery or the Footer gallery, click one of the Blank options, or click Edit Header or Edit Footer.

Header gallery and Edit Header command

You can add information by typing it in, or you can add fields, such as Title or Author or FileName, by clicking the Insert tab, clicking Quick Parts, and then clicking Field.
Field command for adding information to a header or footer

And if you want all the details, including how to remove headers and footers and page numbers, see Add or remove headers, footers, and page numbers.

— Joannie Stangeland