Answered By: Theresa Bell
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2020     Views: 101197

To set up your running head and page number in Microsoft Word so they appear on the same line (and the first page is different), try the following steps. Please note that as of the 7th edition of the APA Style manual, which was published in 2019, running heads are no longer a required element in student papers unless the formatting is requested by instructors. If you're not sure which edition you should be using in your writing, please check with your program office.

The instructions need to be done in the order shown in order for the formatting to work, but if your document still isn't cooperating after trying the steps, please consult your favourite Word expert or contact Microsoft for assistance:

1. Go to your title page.

2. Choose the Insert menu in Word:

3. In the Insert menu, select Page Number, then Top of Page:

4. Choose Plain Number 3 from the list of options:

The page number should now appear in the right corner of the header.

5. Place the cursor right in front of the page number in your header and type the ALL CAPS text of your running head:

6. Press the Tab key twice to move the text to the left. The page number should remain at the right.


7. While keeping your cursor in the header, click the Design menu tab (this tab may already be selected), and check the box for Different First Page:

You should now see a blank header on your title page. Type your running head with the identifier (e.g., "Running head: ALL CAPS"). That text should only appear on your title page, and all other pages in the text should show only the ALL CAPS text.