Setting up headers and footers

What’s so special about headers and footers? The same text (or fields such as page numbers or the name of the chapter) in the header (or footer) appears on all pages with that page style.

Many people use the words “header” and “heading” interchangeably, but the two words refer to quite different concepts.

Headers and footers are specified by page styles. We set up our basic page layout to include some headers and footers. Now we’ll see how to put information into those headers and footers, and how to format that information.

Simple headers and footers usually have only one paragraph in them, though they can include more than one paragraph. You can also design more complex headers and footers using a table for layout, and you can include graphics. We’ll look at the simple case first. See Header/footer special effects for information on more complex layouts.

You can use Writer’s built-in Footer paragraph style to left-align, center, and right-align different parts of the text in a header or footer. The easiest way to do this is by using tabs. For example, the footers in this book use a left-aligned paragraph with a right-aligned tab between the page number and the chapter/section information.

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