Headers and Footers in StarWriter

Creating headers and/or footers to appear that will appear on multiple pages of your document is easy with Star Office. The block to enter your standard header or footer text can be instantly created by selecting Header or Footer from the Insert menu. Then it is a simple matter of typing your standard text into the newly created field.

Headers and/or footers will be included on every page of your document if you select to use them. Even where your document is broken up into sections it is not possible to include them in one section without including them in all sections. You can specify headers/footers for use on all left pages that are different from the headers/footers to be displayed on all right pages.

There are a number of options that give you greater control of the layout of your header or footer. If you select the Page... option from the Format menu then you can select the Header or Footer tab to change the attributes of your header or footer. From here you can set or clear check boxes to determine whether or not they will display, whether they will autofit, and whether or not they will be the same between left and right pages. You can also enter values for spacing, height, and left and right margins. Selecting the More button will also allow you to set borders and backgrounds for your headers/footers independently of the rest of the page.

Not directly related to headers and footers is the Fields option within the Insert menu. These options allow you to insert fields into your pages that will display calculated information. Some of these are particularly useful when used in headers or footers (which is why I am discussing them here). Directly within the fields menu are options for inserting the current Date, current Time, the current Page Number, the total Page Count, as well as Subject, Title, and Author. There is also an Other... option which gives you an even greater selection of fields that you can insert. With many of these fields the value displayed will be calculated automatically at the time of displaying the page. For example using the date and/or time fields will display the current date and/or time at the time of displaying the page. When the page is printed this will provide a permanent record of the date and time of printing. Including one or both of these fields in the header or footer will ensure that they appear on every page of your document.

Even more useful to put into the header or footer are the page number and page count fields. You can clearly identify each of your pages ad Page <page number> of >page count< so that people can easily tell not only which page of your document that they are on but how many pages there are in total. If the document is altered so as to affect the number of pages then this information will be automatically updated on all of the pages.

While there are limitations to what you can do with the simple approach taken to headers and footers in Star Office, there are still many benefits that can be attained by using them.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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