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How can I create APA Style running heads in Microsoft Word 2016?

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APA Style's rules about running heads

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

·        The 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:


Instructions for Microsoft 2016:

  1. Begin after you have established at least the title page and the first page of your paper.
  2. While on the title 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 and left-justify: Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER
  9. The header on the first page of the paper (not the title page) should be in all capital letters. 
  10. To exit the header, double-click outside the header box. 

See the Purdue OWL for an APA Sample Paper

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