How to Use a Different Header for the First Page in Excel 2013

Headers and footers in an Excel spreadsheet offer a simple way to put repeating information at the top of every printed page of your spreadsheet.

You can even put a picture in a header or footer. But occasionally you might need to put different information on the first page of the spreadsheet than what will appear on every page after the first.

Excel 2013 offers a formatting option that makes this possible, and you won’t even need to create and link multiple sections of a document.

Our guide below will show you how to specify a header that is different on the first page.

Using a Different Header on the First Page in Excel 2013

The steps in the tutorial below are going to show you how to use two different headers for your Excel 2013 worksheet. You will be able to customize the header that only appears on the first page, then you will be able to use a different header for the rest of the pages.

Step 1: Open your file in Excel 2013.

Step 2: Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.

click the page layout tab

Step 3: Click the tiny Page Setup dialog launcher at the bottom-right corner of the Page Setup section of the ribbon.

click the page setup button

Step 4: Click the Header/Footer tab at the top of the Page Setup window.

click the header/footer tab

Step 5: Check the box to the left of Different first page, then click the Custom Header button.

use different first page, custom header

Step 6: Click the First Page Header tab at the top of this window.

set the first page header

Step 7: Enter the contents of your first page header. You can then click the Header tab at the top of this window and enter the information that you want to appear at the top of the rest of the pages. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window when you are done.

different header on first page excel 2013

Now that you know how to use a different header for the first page in Excel 2013, you will be able to customize that location with information that you don’t want or need to include on the rest of the pages in the spreadsheet.

Another helpful setting to use in Excel 2013 when you are concerned about printing a spreadsheet is to repeat the top header row on every page. Click here and learn how to make it much simpler for your readers to identify cells when reading your data on pieces of paper.