How to Add Header and Footer in Writer

This beginner’s guide helps you to add header and footer in LibreOffice Writer program.

Documents look nice when you add header and footer in them. If you are making a professional document, writing a book, or any project – headers and footers are a must.

The header contains, in general, the document type which describes the document itself. It might contain chapter names as well if you are writing a book.

Footer in general consists of page numbers and other basic fields.

Adding header and footer is very easy in LibreOffice Writer. Here’s how.

How to Add Header and Footer in Writer

  • Open any Writer document
  • From Menu click Insert -> Header and Footer -> header Or, Footer -> Default Style.
Header and Footer Menu
Header and Footer Menu
  • Once you click, you would see an editable section at the top and at the bottom based on what you have clicked.
Format Footer - Writer
Format Footer – Writer
  • You can also see a popup button giving you all the options to modify, delete, format the looks of header and footer.
Format Header - Writer
Format Header – Writer
  • You can click on Format header or Format Footer and it would bring up the Page style window which contains different formatting options of Header and Footer (default style).
Header and Footer Style - Page Style
Header and Footer Style – Page Style
  • You can increase the length, add lines, add background image in header and footer using different options.
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Let’s take a look at two common use-cases of header and footer.

Add Page Number, Total Page Count in Header or Footer

To add page numbers and total page counts – e.g. Page 1 of 3 – click on the popup menu.

Insert Page number - count - Writer
Insert Page number – count – Writer

Add a line in Header or Footer

  • To add lines click on format header or footer – depending on where you want it.
Lines in Header and Footer - Writer
Lines in Header and Footer – Writer
  • Then in the Page style window, go to the Borders tab. Under Line arrangements, select where you would like to place the line, change the line width, color, style (dotted, dashes, etc,) and press OK.
Header and Footer in Writer
Header and Footer in Writer


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