Recently Helen Ginger talked about How to Remove Section Breaks in your Word document. Another annoying issue that can arise with section breaks (whether you’ve inserted them yourself or Word has done it for you) is trouble with your Headers and Footers.
How to Turn On Headers and Footers
Insert >> Header / Footer / Page Number
View >> Header and Footer
An easy way to exit Header and Footer mode is to double-click anywhere in the greyed-out text of your main document.
Double-click on a greyed-out Header or Footer to access it for editing.
De-Linking Previous Sections
When you turn on Headers and Footers, Word also turns on the “Link to Previous” command. This can cause a problem if you decide to remove headers, footers, and page numbers from the front matter of your manuscript (the title page, table of contents, etc.) even if these pages are in a separate section to the body of your document. With the Link to Previous command turned on, the headers and footers will be deleted throughout the document.
If you’ve already set up some of your headers and footers, make a copy of the document you’re working on so that you can easily reinsert anything that disappears if you need to.
Turn off the Link to Previous commands:
Click off the “Link to Previous” button found on the Design Tab >> Navigation Toolbar that appears on the Office Ribbon when you are editing a header or footer.
Note that the Built-In header/footer designs for Word 2007 continue to be linked even if Link to Previous is turned off. In order to allow different headers/footers in different sections (for example, different chapter names) right-click on the textbox you want to change and select “Remove Content Control” before typing your header or footer content.
Click off the “Same As Previous” button found on the Header and Footer floating toolbar that appears when you are editing a header or footer.
Once you’re aware of how headers and footers are linked across sections and how to turn this feature off you’ll have greater control over this potentially fiddly aspect of your document.
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