Answered By: Carolyn Norman
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2018     Views: 18

A Running Head is a a shortened version of your paper's title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation.  It is printed in uppercase letters at the top of the page in a document.

We have provided both a short video and written how-to steps on how to add a Running Head or Header to your document.



To add a running head in Microsoft Word:

1. Double click in the header area at the top of the document.

2. In the Header & Footer tools "Design" tab, check the box Different First Page.


3. In the header, type Running head: followed by a shortened version of your title written in all capital letters.

4. Scroll to the (or create a) second page to your document.

5. If not already selected, double click in the header to select it and type the same running head that was on the title page, but leave out preceding Running head: part

For additional information on formatting in Word, click this link to the library's Citation Guide