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How to add header or footer to first page only in a worksheet?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2014-06-03

In Excel, when you add header or footer to a worksheet, generally, all the pages will be inserted with the same header or footer within the worksheet. But, sometimes, you just need to add the header or footer to the first page only, how could you do?

Add header or footer to first page only in a worksheet

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To just insert the header or footer to the first page in a worksheet, please do as this:

1. Activate your worksheet that you want to use.

2. Click Insert > Header & Footer, and then under the Design tab, check Different First Page option, see screenshot:


3. Then click the left, center, or right box at the top of the worksheet of page 1 to add your header information. See screenshot:


4. After entering the header, only the first page has been inserted the header. When you finish the header typing, please click View > Normal to restore the normal view.


Note: If you need to add headers to the remaining pages of this worksheet, you just need to enter your header data into the second page, and all other pages will be with the same header as page 2.

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These explanations concern Excel for Windows. My question concerns Excel for Mac. I wish to add a header ONLY on the first page, and none on the rest of the worksheet. When I choose "Different first page", I get the reverse: my header is on all pages except on the first page.

Is there a way to do what I want?


Monique D.
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Thank you Rusty! I totally missed the second tab.
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Initially I encountered the same issue as Steve, until I realized this process has changed for Office365.

In Office365, when you check the Different first page box and then click Custom Header. There are now two tabs at the top the header window, by default it starts you at the header for all other pages, so click the 'First Page Header' tab and make your changes there.

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to Steve, it does work, you just did not follow the instructions exactly.
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Nope. Don't work. This doesn't work. The header shows up everywhere BUT the front page.

Headers are so terribly complicated to use. You would think microsoft would fix this. I know programing languanges and can't ever get a header to work.

Horrible flaw in ALL microsoft products. I quite using headers altogether. Too frustrating.
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