Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Copying Headers and Footers.

Copying Headers and Footers

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated June 27, 2020)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


If you have developed two documents that are closely related (perhaps they are even different versions of the same information), you may want to copy headers or footers from one document to the other. This is easy to do using standard editing techniques:

  1. Select the first document.
  2. Choose the Header and Footer option from the View menu. This displays the Header and Footer dialog box.
  3. Use the controls in the dialog box to display the header or footer you want to copy.
  4. Select all the elements (text and graphics) in the header or footer.
  5. Press Ctrl+C. This copies the header or footer information to the Clipboard.
  6. Select the second document.
  7. Choose the Header and Footer option from the View menu. This displays the Header and Footer dialog box.
  8. Use the controls in the dialog box to display the header or footer where you want to paste your header or footer you copied in step 5.
  9. Position the insertion point in the header or footer, then press Ctrl+V. The information in the Clipboard will be inserted in the header or footer.
  10. Close the Header and Footer for each of your documents.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1096) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Copying Headers and Footers.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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