Using page footers and headers

Headers and footers are special areas on a page that are part of the page style . They can show the same text on each page that has that page style, and they can contain page numbers that change automatically from one page to the next (using a feature called fields).

Headers and footers are very easy to set up and use, but the method is not obvious, especially to people coming from MS Word.

The Writer Guide contains the info you need, but it’s not all in one place. Here is a summary of where to find it:

This wiki page discusses creating headers and footers.

The next section on the wiki (reached by the Next Page > link in the right-hand navigation) describes page numbering, including restarting page numbering and other common questions.

This page describes how to format a header as part of the page style formatting.

If you prefer a PDF, the Writer Guide chapters are 4 (Formatting Pages) and 7 (Working with Styles). Chapter 6 (Introduction to Styles) is also useful. You can download them from this wiki page.

You can also purchase a printed copy of the Writer Guide from

You can also try these pages on this website:

Setting up headers and footers
Numbering pages
Header/footer special effects

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