Running heads in APA Style: How can I create them in MS Word 2010?

APA Style's rules about running heads

The best source for information about APA Style is APA itself.

  • Their APA Style blog includes a post discussing running heads, which says: The running head (along with the page numbers) appears in the header of every page (the header by nature is situated within the top margin of your paper; all the margins themselves should be set to 1 inch). Type it in all capital letters, make sure it is no longer than 50 characters (including spaces), and left justify it. Then add your page numbers, right justified.
  • On the first page only, the running head is also preceded by the words Running head and a colon. On all other pages, just the running head itself and the page number appear, without the words Running head:
  • APA also has an example showing how the running head should appear on the title page and subsequent pages: http://supp.apa.org/style/PM6E-Corrected-Sample-Papers.pdf
  • Instructions for creating running heads in MS Word 2010: Video (78 seconds, no sound) showing the process: http://screencast.com/t/E1Ymwo3gF

Step by step instructions:

  1. Begin after you have typed at least the title page and the first few pages of your paper.
  2. Click the insert tab
  3. Click the header button
  4. Check the "different first page" box
  5. Click inside the first page's header
  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
  9. Click the "insert alignment tab" button
  10. Make the following selections in the dialog box that appears: right, margin, and no leader.
  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
Last updated: 06/20/2013