How to Insert a Header in Excel 2013

When you are creating files in Excel that are meant to be printed and shared with others, you often need to include information that is not contained within the spreadsheet. This can typically require you to weirdly format the top rows and columns of the spreadsheet, which can make it very messy when you need to fix or adjust some information. But one simple way to add important information in Excel 2013 without affecting the rest of the spreadsheet is with the header.


How to Make a Header in Excel 2013

The header in Excel 2013 is separate from the grid of cells that is displayed on your screen and is often not even visible. But it will be visible when the spreadsheet is printed, which is often the only reason that information is added to the top of a spreadsheet. So continue reading below to learn how to insert a header in Excel 2013.


Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Excel 2013.


Step 2: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

click the insert tab



Step 3: Click the Header & Footer button in the Text section of the ribbon at the top of the window.

how to insert a header in excel 2013



Step 4: Select the region of the header area in which you want to include your information, then type the header information.

example of a header



Note that you can increase the height of the header by dragging the bottom border of the top margin on the ruler at the left side of the window.

adjust the height of the header, if necessary



You can return to the normal view by clicking inside any of the cells, clicking the View tab at the top of the window, then clicking the Normal button in the Workbook Views section of the window.

return to the normal view



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If you’re printing your spreadsheet in Excel 2013 and it is extending to multiple pages, then a great way to make it easier to read is by printing your header row on every page. Click here to learn how.