How to create different headers and footers on odd and even pages

Sometimes odd and even pages need to have different headers and footers. In a document with facing pages (mirror margins), odd-numbered pages appear on the right side and even-numbered pages on the left. You may want left-aligned headers on even-numbered pages and right-aligned headers on odd-numbered pages; this way, the headers always appear on the outside edges of your document. You can even create different odd and even headers and footers for each section in your document.
Example of different headers and footers on odd and even pages Word 2013

To add a header or footer to the entire document, follow these steps:

    1.    On the Insert tab, in the Header & Footer group, choose Header or Footer:

Header and Footer in Word 2013

    2.    Choose the predefined header or footer from the gallery. Hover the mouse pointer over a header to see a description. Word inserts the header or footer, displays the header or footer area if the current view wasn't displaying it, adds the Header & Footer Tools section to the Ribbon with the Design tab:

Header and Footer Tools in Word 2013

To create different headers and footers for odd and even pages, follow these steps:

    1.    Under Header & Footer Tools, on the Design tab, in the Options group, select the Different Odd & Even Pages check box:

Header and Footer Options in Word 2013

Word names the headers Odd Page Header and Even Page Header, and the footers correspondingly, so that you can easily see which is which.

    2.    Click in the Odd Page Header area or Odd Page Footer area, and then create the header or footer you want for odd-numbered (right-hand) pages.

    3.    Move to the Even Page Header area or Even Page Footer area and create the header or footer for the even-numbered (left-hand) pages.

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