Heading? Header? Microsoft Word Help
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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
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.
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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