Q. How do I format a running head for APA in MS Word?


  1. Add the running head after you have finished setting up your cover page and the first page of your paper
  2. On the cover page, click the "Insert" tab
  3. Click the "Header" button
  4. Check "Edit Header"
  5. Under the Header & Footer Tools tab, check the "Different First Page" box
  6. Click the "Page Number" button
  7. Hover over the "Top of Page" entry and click the "Plain Number 3" option
  8. Type "Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER". It's okay that there is no space between the title and the page number.
  9. Click the "Insert Alignment Tab" button in the Position menu
  10. Make the following selections in the dialog box that appears: Right, Margin, and None
  11. Click OK
  12. Scroll down to the header section of the next page and click inside that page's header
  13. Repeat steps 6-11, except in step 8 only type TITLE OF YOUR PAPER
  14. Close Header and Footer tab.


  • Last Updated Jul 06, 2018
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  • Answered By Glenda Goertzen

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  1. This was the most usful video ever in understanding APA and setting up the page format. Most recommended. Thanks for saving me and increasing the points for my paper.
    by on Nov 25, 2012.
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