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How to Create an APA Running Head

APA requires you to insert a running head throughout your paper. Luckily, we’ve got the steps all laid out for you right here.

MS Word:

  1. Double click the header area of your (MS Word 2013) document
  2. Check the different first page box
  3. Click on “Page number” and select “Top of page” and then select “Plain number 3”
  4. Type in your running head for the first page
    • Use the format: Running head: SHORTENED TITLE
  5. Press the tab key twice to move the running head to the left.
  6. Scroll to the second page of your document and click on the header area of page 2
  7. Repeat steps 1-3
  8. Type in your running head for the second page
    • use the format SHORTENED TITLE,
  9. Press the tab key twice to move the running head to the left
  10. Double click the body of your paper to exit the header area

Google Docs:

  1. Double click the header area of the first page your Google Doc
  2. Check the different first page box
  3. Click on “Insert”, select “Header & page number,” select “Page Number,” and choose the top left icon.
  4. Move your cursor to the left side of the number that appears at the top of your page.
  5. Type in “Running head:” followed by a shortened version of your title in all capital letters.
  6. Press tab and spacebar keys on your keyboard until the page number is flush with the right margin.
  7. Scroll to your second page and click on the header area.
  8. Type in the shortened version of your title in all capital letters.
  9. Press your tab and spacebar keys until the title is flush with the left margin.