You can put a variety of things into headers and footers, ranging from filenames and various other document properties (author, title, date last printed/modified, etc.) to page numbers and even watermarks. Inserting most text and graphics that will actually be printed in the top or bottom margin is straightforward. There are some special cases, however, such as page numbers, side margin matter, and background images and watermarks, that require special attention.
A common use for headers and footers is to display page numbers. To include page numbers in Word 2007, several methods are available—some new, and some old. This section focuses mostly on the new ways because they provide extraordinary ease, flexibility, and variety not found in any previous version of Word. When the old ways are best, however, that’s where we’ll turn.
Inserting page numbers in Word has never been easier. First, decide where you want the page numbers to appear (top, bottom, or side margin). Then click anywhere on the first page in the document section where you want the number to appear. As noted earlier, documents can contain multiple sections, and each section can have independent headers and footers, which means they also can be numbered independently.
In the Insert tab’s Header & Footer group, click the Page Number button to open its menu, as shown in Figure 8-18, and choose one of the top for items.