Microsoft Word/Headers


I have a single MS 2010 book file with ten chapters. Each is its own Section and I can navigate to them using the goto feature. All of my even page headers are identical = book name. I want the odd page headers to be the chapter name. I have completed the header for Chapter 1. I went to Chapter 2 and opened the header. I clicked on 'Link to previous' to unlock this sections header from chapter 1. I then entered then new chapter name text, but when I closed the header, the chapter 1 header now was changed to the text I entered in the 'unlinked' chapter 2 header. I simply don't know what I am doing wrong, despite seeing this procedure mentioned repeatedly in many different sources.


The best way to do this is to set up the even headers to have the Chapters auto update without the need for any section breaks. Please follow the steps below:

1. Identify (or assign) a style for Chapters

2. Ensure the style is set up for Linked (paragraph and character). Choose Chapter assigned style dropdown > Modify > under Style Type choose Linked > OK

3. Ensure your document/template is set up for different odd/even pages

4. Place cursor in first odd header where chapter should appear > Insert > QuickParts > Field > Links and References > StyleRef > under Style name: Choose "Chapter" or whatever you chose to name your style > OK

When you set up your document there will be no need for section breaks unless you need different headers/footers in front matter or end and in that case, make sure you deselect "Link to Previous" for those areas.

I understand this can be a bit confusing and my instructions may not be clear. Please do not hesitate to follow up and I will do my best to clarify or elaborate on instructions.

Hope this was helpful.

Michelle Howell, Microsoft Office PC and Mac
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