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What is the difference between headings and headers?
Why does it matter?

This page last revised: 03 Jan 2017 07:32:49 -0600 .

 

 

People often confuse these similar terms but, in Word, they have very different meanings and the features have very different uses. If you are looking for help about Word, it is important that you do use the correct term in a search.

Headings are special paragraph Styles

Headings are paragraph styles with special qualities. This is especially true if you use the built-in heading styles. See Why use Microsoft Word’s built-in heading styles? by Shauna Kelly

They are used to break up text into meaningful parts.

Headings are often automatically numbered. Headers are not other than page numbers. How to create numbered headings or outline numbering in Ribbon Versions of Word by Shauna Kelly

Understanding Styles in Microsoft Word

Headers are a repeating element at the top of pages

They are often called running heads. They complement footers which go at the bottom of pages. In Word, they are a layer separate from the body of the document and are set in Sections.

Sections / Headers and Footers in Microsoft Word 2007-2016

Sections / Headers and Footers in Microsoft Word 97-2003

People often want headers and footers to reflect the content of the pages or chapters. This is best done using a StyleRef Field rather than by having multiple headers/footers.

Headers and footers are the usual place for page numbers (even those that are in the left or right margin). Page Numbers in Word 2007-2016

 

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Using Date Fields in Microsoft Word
Calculated Dates
Booklet Formatting and Printing in Microsoft Word
Changing the Default Font in Microsoft Word
Document linked to Printer in Microsoft Word
Fonts Missing from Menu in Microsoft Word
How can I get a different header / footer on the second page?
Heading? Header? Microsoft Word Help
More on Headers and Footers in Word
Letterhead
Mapped Content Controls and Document Properties
Weird Lines and Borders
Macros and VBA
Master Documents Feature in Microsoft Word
A Back CoverPage in Microsoft Word
Normal Template in Microsoft Word - How to Open or Find the Normal Template
My docs open in the wrong program! Re-registering Word using the commandline.
Moving (Sharing) Customizations in Microsoft Word
Global StyleSheet?
MVP means?
Naming Files - A System is the Key
Posting tips in the Microsoft Word Forums
Getting rid of that (*)#"@^ paperclip! - Taming the Office Assistant
Page X of Y doesn't work in Microsoft Word!
Save Changes to the Global Template? Keeps Popping Up
Templates in Microsoft Word
Global Templates
Too Many Icons on the Taskbar in Microsoft Word 2000
Getting Rid of the Web Toolbar in Microsoft Word
Word for Word Perfect Users
Favorite Documents Menu
Work Menu in Microsoft Word
Templates Menu in Microsoft Word
What books have been recommended about Microsoft Word?
Where can I find more templates?
Word Links

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