The running head appears at the top of the page. It is an abbreviated title of the paper, typed in all capital letters. NOTE: The running head on the title page is different from the running head for the rest of your paper.
How to Insert a Running Head
For more Microsoft Word 2016 instructions, watch this video on YouTube. For Microsoft Word 2013, read this how-to article.
- From the menu, click on the Insert tab.
- On the toolbar that appears, choose the Page Number option.
- Select the option you want (usually top of the page).
- Go to the menu, at the top of the page, under Header and Footer Tools, click the box that says Different first page.
- Your cursor should now be at the top of page 1 in the header box. Set the cursor just to the left of the number 1 and type Running head: and then your abbreviated title.
- Use the backspace key to set your title to the left and then use the tab key to move the page number back to the right hand side (usually 2 tabs).
- Close the header and footer (red x on the top right-hand side of the page)
- Go to page 2 of your document (or if you haven't started writing it, insert a page break) and delete the phrase Running head, leaving just your abbreviated title.
- On page 1, Running head will remain in your first page header, and only your abbreviated title will appear on subsequent pages.
Things to Remember
- A running head is written in all capital letters.
- Make sure the header is set to Times New Roman 12 point font.
- It cannot be longer than 50 characters (letters and spaces).