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APA Guide (Based on the 6th Edition): Formatting: Running Head & Page Numbers

Page Header

Page Header Contents

  1. Runnin​g Head - content at the top left of each page, written in all capital letters. 
  2. Page Numbers - content at the top right of each page. 


Running Head

The running head is a shortened version of your paper's title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation.

To add a running head in Microsoft Word:

1. Double click in the header area at the top of the document.

2. In the Header & Footer tools "Design" tab, check the box Different First Page.

3. In the header, type Running head: followed by a shortened version of your title written in all capital letters.

4. Scroll to the (or create a) second page to your document.

5. If not already selected, double click in the header to select it and type the same running head that was on the title page, but leave out preceding Running head: part.


Page Numbers

To insert page numbers in Microsoft Word:

          1. Place your cursor to the right of the running head and press the Tab button on your keyboard twice. 

          2. Click the "Insert" tab in the top menu. 

          3. Select Page Number , then "Current Position," and choose Plain Number from the options. 

          4.  On the second page, Select Page Number, then "Current Position," choose Plain Number from the

               options. The page number will show up with a consecutive number in every page in the header.

          5. Remember to change the font size and style of headers to 12pt. Times New Roman font.


All content on this guide comes from the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

  • Content that is to be typed in your paper is highlighted on the guide to differentiate it from other text. Do not highlight text in your paper.
  • All instructions are provided through the use of Microsoft Word 2010. Please note, steps may vary depending on the word processor you are using.

Quick Links


American Psychological Association. (2009). The publication process. In Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (pp. 225-243). Washington, DC:  Author.